Eight children are dead and two injured after a stabbing spree at a Chinese elementary school took place Monday.
The massacre occurred in the Chaoyangpo village of Enshi city in Hubei province at at approximately 8 a.m. on Monday, the first day of the new semester, police said Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.
The suspect has been identified by authorities as a 40-year-old man named Yu. The suspect is now in police custody as police investigate the case further. Authorities have not determined the motive for the attack.
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Exactly how the children were attacked was not disclosed in police reports, according to the Associated Press.
The suspect was reportedly released from Hubei prison last June after serving a sentence for attempted murder, according to the Guangzhou-based Southern Weekly which sited prison staff accounts, the Associated Press reports.
Similar stabbing sprees have recently occurred in China.
In April 2018, a man killed nine and injured a dozen outside of a middle school in Shaanxi province, allegedly seeking revenge for having been bullied at the school, the New York Times reported.
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