10 children stabbed outside school gate in southern China

Police officers cordoning off an area outside an elementary school where 10 children were stabbed, in Haikou, Hainan province, on Feb 29, 2016.
Police officers cordoning off an area outside an elementary school where 10 children were stabbed, in Haikou, Hainan province, on Feb 29, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS
Bloodstains are seen outside an elementary school in Haikou, after a man attacked several children there before killing himself.
Bloodstains are seen outside an elementary school in Haikou, after a man attacked several children there before killing himself. PHOTO: CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK/WEIBO

BEIJING (Reuters) - A knife-wielding attacker stabbed 10 school children in southern China on Monday (Feb 29), severely injuring two, before killing himself, state media reported, the latest in a series of school attacks in the country.

The attacker stabbed six boys and four girls outside the gate of an elementary school in the city of Haikou, on the southern island province of Hainan, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported on its microblog.

The children were taken to hospital, with two being treated for serious injuries that were not life threatening, CCTV said.

Police were investigating what they described as a "vicious criminal case brought on by extreme actions", the brief report said.

Violent crime is rare in China compared with many other countries, but there have been a series of knife and axe attacks in recent years, many targeting children.

In September 2014, a man stabbed to death three children in Hubei province, and then committed suicide by jumping off a building.