The death toll from an attack at a kindergarten in northwestern China rose to nine Wednesday after one of the wounded victims died, state media said.
A man with a kitchen cleaver hacked to death a teacher and seven kindergarten students — five boys and two girls. He then returned home and committed suicide, state media said.
The teacher’s mother, who was wounded in the attack, later died at a hospital — bringing the toll to nine, the Xinhua news agency said.
Officials do not yet know what prompted the 48-year-old man to attack students at a private school in Shaanxi province.
It was at least the fourth such attack on school children in the last month.
In addition to the fatalities, 11 children were wounded in the attack. Among them were two children who were hospitalized in serious condition, Xinhua said.
Twenty children attended the school.
China has seen a spate of attacks at schools in recent days.
On April 30, a man armed with a hammer injured five preschool children in east China before setting himself on fire in a classroom suicide, a government spokesman told Xinhua news agency.
The attacker held two children in his arms as he poured gasoline over himself, the spokesman said. Teachers in Weifang City, Shandong province, pulled the children away as the man died, the spokesman said.