Chinese man sentenced to death for knifing 16 kids

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New Delhi, June 11 (ANI): A Chinese man was sentenced to death for knifing 16 children and a teacher in a primary school.

Chen, a teacher of Hongfu Primary School, entered Leicheng No.1 Primary School in Leizhou City with a 40-cm knife and attacked children on the fifth and sixth floors of the school building on April 28.

The victims, who suffered injuries in their heads, backs and arms, were students of the fourth and fifth grades.

A court in south China's Guangdong Province sentenced the 33-year-old mentally unstable man.

Although none of the children died, Chen Kangbing was charged with and convicted of murder in a first-instance trial at the Intermediary People's Court of Zhanjiang City.

"Chen hacked at the children and teacher in a very cruel manner, causing great harm," Xinhua quoted the verdict, as saying.

The attacker was suffering from mental disorders and had been on sick leave since February 2006.

Chen admitted the charges. It is not immediately known whether he will make an appeal. (ANI)

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