Chinese city adopts `shoot to kill` for school attackers
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 04, 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.


First Published: Tuesday, May 04, 2010, 18:44

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