[QODLink]
Asia-Pacific
China executes school attacker
Man executed for attack on school in which 32 people, mostly children, were injured.
Last Modified: 30 May 2010 05:24 GMT
The April 29 attack came amid a spate of knife attacks on schools across China [Reuters]

A Chinese man has been executed for a knife attack on a kindergarten in eastern China in which 32 people, mostly young children, were injured.

Xu Yuyuan, 47, was executed on Sunday, state media reported, after China's supreme court gave the go ahead.

The report did not say how the execution was carried out.

Xu was sentenced to death on May 15 after being convicted of intentional homicide after attacking a kindergarten in the city of Taixing city in Jiangsu province last month.

Nobody died in the attack but four of the victims were severely injured.

The incident was one of a spate of attacks on Chinese schools since March that have killed a total of 27 people and injured more than 80.

In two cases the attackers committed suicide.

The Taixing attack left 28 children injured, some of them seriously [Reuters]

One man, a former doctor who stabbed eight children to death at a school in southeastern China on March 23, has already been executed.

The series of attacks have prompted calls for better security at schools and highlighted worries about the social impact underlying China's rapid economic growth.

Studies have cited a rise in mental illnesses, some linked to stress, as society becomes more fast-paced and old social safety nets have been scrapped.

Reporting on Xu's execution China's state-run Xinhua news agency said he had "admitted his motive was to vent rage against society after losing money in gambling and business, while suffering other setbacks in his personal life."

According to a previous Xinhua report, the court decided that even though Xu had not succeeded in killing his victims, "his criminal motivation was extremely despicable, his means extremely cruel, his plot especially evil."

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.