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Three killed in school stabbing

A 40-year-old man has stabbed students and teachers with a fruit knife at a primary school in central China, killing three children and injuring six other people before jumping to his death, officials said.

The attack on the first day after summer break injured five other children and one teacher at Dongfang primary school in Yunxi county in Hubei province, they said.

Two students were taken to hospital with serious injuries, said an official in Chengguan, the township where the school is located.

The assailant jumped to his death from a fourth-floor window after the attack, he added.

Yunxi county's propaganda office identified the man only by his family name, Chen, and said he was a parent.

An investigation into the incident is under way. No further details were immediately available.

China has suffered a series of attacks on nurseries and schools. The culprits often are identified as mentally ill or as being angry at society.

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