Jan 23, 2021 06:27 PM

One Killed, Seven Injured in Knife Attack on Southwest China Middle School

What’s new: One person was killed and seven were injured by a knife-wielding attacker at a school in Kunming, capital of Southwest China’s Yunnan province, on Friday afternoon, the local government said in a statement released the same day.

The 56-year-old attacker was shot dead by police at the scene. He had taken one student hostage at the middle school, which is affiliated to Yunnan Normal University, according to a local news outlet under the Yunnan Daily.

What’s the context: A witness told Caixin the crime occurred as the students were leaving the school, which covers grades seven to nine. Another witness said the attacker negotiated with the police via loudspeaker after an ambulance had arrived to tend to the injured.

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