Man Arrested in China After Knife Attack on Students

Only a few hours before suspected shooter Adam Lanza began his attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, a 36-year-old man went on a similar rampage in China's Henan province. Using a kitchen knife, a farmer that police have identified as Min Yingjun stabbed 22 children and one adult just before 8:00 in the morning yesterday.

No deaths have been reported and the man was taken into police custody. According to the AP,

China has seen more than a half-dozen school attacks in less than three years, though the death tolls have been mostly in single digits, largely because knives have been the most-used weapon. China largely prohibits private ownership of guns.

The Chinese Xinhua News Agency revealed that Min Yingjun first stabbed an elderly woman in her home before attacking students at a nearby primary school before classes began. Several of the more severely injured students have been transferred to hospitals outside of the largely rural county. No possible motive has been released.

Since 2010, numerous unrelated school attacks have been on the rise; mostly recently, students at a middle school in Nanchang were stabbed by an intruder in August.

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