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China detains 2 men threatening school attacks

Chinese police have detained two men suspected of threatening to carry out new attacks on schools.



Beijing: Chinese police have detained two men suspected of threatening to carry out new attacks on schools following a spate of assaults on children that have shocked the nation, state media said on Wednesday.

A man surnamed Liu, 39, was seized on May 02 after he allegedly sent a letter blackmailing the head of a primary school in the eastern city of Wuxi, Xinhua news agency said, quoting a local police statement.

"If you don`t want the tragedy in Nanping to repeat here in Wuxi... I`m so poor and I hope your school could help me out by putting 100,000 yuan (USD 15,000) into my account... Otherwise, I`ll have no other choice but to do it," the letter said, referring to a deadly attack on a school in March.

Xinhua said another man was in custody for writing: "Find some kid to kill for fun" in an Internet posting from Wuxi.

The 20-year-old surnamed Hu, who claimed it was just a joke, was given a three-day administrative detention, the news agency said.

Wuxi municipal government on Wednesday deployed more than 1,000 police and 3,000 security guards to keep an eye on schools in the city, it said.

Other cities around the country have also taken preventative measures following a series of attacks on children last week.

The southwestern city of Chongqing has ordered police to shoot to kill anyone attempting to harm students.

On Friday, a farmer armed with a hammer injured five children and a teacher at a primary school in the eastern province of Shandong before setting himself on fire.

A day earlier, a jobless man apparently angry over a series of personal and professional setbacks slashed 29 children and three adults at a kindergarten in the eastern city of Taixing.

That attack came a day after a 33-year-old teacher placed on sick leave for mental problems injured 15 students and a teacher in a knife attack at a primary school in southern China`s Guangdong province.

And on the same day, authorities in Fujian province in the southeast executed a former doctor for stabbing to death eight children and injuring five others in March in a fit of rage after he broke up with his girlfriend.

PTI

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