Seven children hacked to death in China

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New Delhi, May 12 (ANI): Pressure caused by modern social stress in China has resulted in yet another violent incident in which seven children were hacked to death and at least 20 others injured in a violent attack at a kindergarten school in Shaanxi Province on Wednesday morning.

It was the fifth such attack against school children in less than two months. The country has taken measures to boost campus security in recent weeks.

The incident happened at about 8 a.m. at a kindergarten in Nanzheng County of Hanzhong City, said Liu Xiaoming, a local publicity official.

"The injured have been rushed to hospital," Xinhua quoted him, as saying.

On Monday, another such incident occurred in Shaanxi province in which a knife-wielding villager stabbed two women to death and injured seven other women and children.

Domestic and foreign experts said the recent killing sprees, together with a series of violent school attacks in the past two months, could possibly be the result of "modern social stress in China".

Joshua Miller, chairman of the Social Welfare Policy and Services Sequence at Smith College of the United States, said: "The string of school attacks occur when society causes stress on people, like rapid social change, mass migrations, increasing disparities in wealth and weakening of traditions."

Han Buxin, a research fellow with the Institute of Psychology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said the attacks reflect stress and social conflicts that cannot be ignored.

Han said people suffering from mental disorders could also attack people, but the suspects in recent cases carefully planned their assaults. (ANI)

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