3 dead and 6 injured in attack on kindergarten

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Police in southern China were searching Wednesday for a man who allegedly killed three people and injured six at a kindergarten in the southern province of Jiangxi.

The 48-year-old suspect was identified by his last name, Liu, in a brief police statement. No further details of the morning attack in Anfu county were released.

China increased security at schools after a series of deadly attacks in recent years attributed mainly to people resentful of society or suffering from unidentified mental illnesses.

China does not allow the private possession of weapons, so most of these attacks are carried out with knives, homemade explosives or gasoline bombs. Some 100 children and adults have been killed and hundreds injured over the past decade in individual and apparently uncoordinated attacks. The assailants, with unclear motivations and almost always men, were shot down, committed suicide or were tried and later executed.

Violence against children in China is especially shocking given the country’s low birth rate, due in part to decades of population control measures.

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