Twenty children were wounded in an attack at an elementary school in Beijing, China on Tuesday with three suffering serious injuries, local authorities said; according to a state-run media, the assailant used a hammer.
A male suspect was brought “under control” and the wounded pupils were admitted to the hospital, the Xicheng district government said, without elaborating on how or why the man carried out the attack.
Beijing police did not immediately respond to AFP’s request for comment.
Violent attacks targeting schoolchildren are not uncommon in China, which has seen a slew of deadly incidents over the past few years, usually involving knives.
The 39-year-old assailant attacked students while they were returning to the classroom after morning exercises.
Such incidents have forced authorities to increase security around schools and led to calls for more research into the root causes of such acts.