At least 54 persons, including 51 children, sustained burn injuries after a man broke into a kindergarten in southwest China’s Yunnan province and sprayed them with a corrosive chemical on students, authorities said on Tuesday.
The incident took place on Monday in the city of Kaiyuan.
According to state-run news agency Xinhua, the suspect, a 23-year-old surnamed Kong, broke into the Dongcheng Kindergarten kindergarten and sprayed caustic soda (sodium hydroxide), quoted authorities of the city.
Fifty-one children and three teachers sustained burn injuries and were sent to the Kaiyuan People’s Hospital and the PLA 926 Hospital for treatment, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post quoted the Kaiyuan Municipal Government as saying.
The condition of two children was stated to be serious, the report said.
The suspect was detained about 40 minutes after the attack, police said.
Initial inquiries indicated that the man was acting out of “revenge at society”, but the investigation was continuing, the report said.
Kindergarten attacks on the rise
Attacks by, what police generally label as, “disgruntled” people in China targeting especially kindergartens as well as civilians in public places to vent their anger have become common in recent years.
This attack was the worst in recent years as most of the attacks in the past were carried out using knives.
In September, eight students of an elementary school in China’s Enshi city were killed and two others injured in a brutal knife attack carried out by an ex-convict. The attack took place on Chaoyangpo grade school in Baiyangping, Enshi, Hubei province.
In May, 13 people were injured, two of them critically when a car driven by a disgruntled man ploughed through pedestrians in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.