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May 13, 2010

China school killer erupted after lease row

NANZHENG, China (Reuters) – A Chinese man who hacked to death seven young children and two adults in the latest in a series of deadly assaults on schools lashed out after an argument over a kindergarten lease, neighbors and state media said.

The succession of bloody assaults on schools has prompted officials to demand a show of force to deter such attacks, which have angered the Chinese public and stoked criticism of the government. State media reported on Thursday that some schools were being guarded by police wielding submachine guns.

May 13, 2010

China child killer wielded cleaver in school lease row

NANZHENG (Reuters) – A Chinese man hacked seven children to death along with the owner of a kindergarten and her mother after a heated argument about the school lease, neighbours and state media said.

There was no sign of premeditation, said villagers in north China’s Shaanxi province who witnessed the argument on Wednesday between the attacker Wu Huanming, 48, and the woman who ran the kindergarten, 50-year-old Wu Hongying.

May 12, 2010

Nine killed in latest China school rampage

NANZHENG, China (Reuters) – Seven children and the owners of a kindergarten were hacked to death in northwest China on Wednesday, the latest in a string of assaults on schools, prompting officials to vow to “strike hard” to calm public alarm.

Eleven children were wounded in the attack soon after the school day started in Nanzheng county, a rural corner of Shaanxi province, the official Xinhua news agency reported.