Chinese city adopts `shoot to kill` for school attackers

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 18:44

Beijing: A Chinese city has ordered police to
shoot to kill anyone attempting to harm students, following a
spate of violent attacks against children that have stunned
the nation, state press said today.

The southwestern municipality of Chongqing, a city of
over 30 million people, issued the order after China`s public
security ministry called for stepped up security around
schools and kindergartens nationwide.

"The police have clear regulations in these odious cases
where direct attacks occurring at or in the vicinity of
schools have injured students or children," the Chongqing
Evening News reported.

"If they cannot contain the violent acts, police can
shoot to kill in accordance with the law."

The order comes after a series of attacks on children
last week.

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, armed with a knife used for slaughtering
pigs.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 18:44
comments powered by Disqus