China: Children Hurt In School Knife Attack

Twenty-two children have been injured in a knife attack at a school in Henan Province in China.

According to local police, the attack took place at 7.40am on Friday morning.

It happened as the children were arriving at the Chenpeng Village Primary School near the city of Xinyang, 800km south of Beijing.

The suspect, a 36-year-old man named Min Yingjun, is in police custody.

The extent of the children's injuries is not known.

Sky News has been unable to contact the local police or hospital.

But a hospital official told the Associated Press the man first attacked an elderly woman before turning on the children.

Some reports have suggested the suspect has psychological problems.

It is the latest in a series of knife attacks on children in China.

In 2010, 28 youngsters were injured in a stabbing frenzy at a nursery school in Taixing, Jiangsu Province.

That attack came a day after a man wielding a knife injured 15 students and a teacher at a primary school in southern China.