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Knife attacker kills seven schoolchildren, injures 19 in China

Google Maps image locates Mizhi county in China’s Shaanxi Province.

Google Maps image locates Mizhi county in China’s Shaanxi Province.  

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He was detained and the injured children were receiving treatment, the propaganda department of Mizhi County in Shaanxi Province said.

A knife-wielding man killed seven children of a middle school and injured 19 others as they were returning home in northern China on Friday, authorities said.

The assailant was detained and the injured children were receiving treatment, the propaganda department of Mizhi County in Shaanxi Province said on its official social media account.

The incident took place at 6:10 p.m. local time, the department said, without providing further details.

The ages of the children were not given, but middle schoolers are usually between 12 and 15 years of age in China.

Knife attacks are not uncommon in the country.

In February, a knife-wielding man with a personal grudge killed a woman and injured 12 others in a busy Beijing shopping mall — a rare act of violence in the heavily policed capital.

Last year, a man armed with a kitchen knife killed two people and wounded nine others in a supermarket in the southern city of Shenzhen.

And in January 2017, a man armed with a kitchen knife stabbed and wounded 11 children at a kindergarten in China's southern Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

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