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Mar 23, 2010 9:32 AM by Associated Press

Man stabs and kills 8 students

A local official says a former doctor armed with knives killed eight children and injured five others at an elementary school in eastern China.

A man surnamed Wu in the Nanping city government office said that the assailant was a former community clinic doctor with a history of mental health problems. Wu would not give his full name,
as is common among Chinese officials.

He said the dead children were from Nanping City Experimental Elementary School, and said five others were treated at a hospital. Wu said six died at the scene.

Wu said the attacker, who is 41 or 42, had resigned from his post at the community clinic, but said he wasn't sure when.

The school, located in Fujian province, was closed and students were sent home.

China has witnessed a series of school attacks over the past several years, which are often blamed on personal grudges or people with psychiatric problems, leading to calls for improved security.

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