Six people including three children have been killed in kindergarten stabbing in China


Mathew 24:12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.

Important Takeaways:

  • Police have called this a case of “intentional assault” but not elaborated on a possible motive.
  • The stabbings also fit in to a disturbingly familiar pattern. Firearms are banned in China but the country has seen a spate of knife attacks in recent years, although there was also one incident where the attacker used a chemical spray to injure a classroom of 50 children.
  • In most of these cases, the perpetrators are male and have expressed a grudge against society.
  • Fearing copycat attacks, Beijing is also not allowing state media to publish full details of Monday’s incident at the kindergarten.

Read the original article by clicking here.

Orphanage and Kindergarten Targeted as Russia Enters Kyiv

Matthew 24:6 “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Russian Forces Attack Kindergarten in Ukraine, Casualties Reported: Officials
  • “Today’s Russian attacks on a kindergarten and an orphanage are war crimes and violations of the Rome Statute,” he said in a statement on Twitter. “Together with the General Prosecutor’s Office we are collecting this and other facts, which we will immediately send to the Hague.”
  • The unedited photo shows at least two dead persons prostrated on the ground,” said Grozev on Twitter.
  • The news comes amid reports that Russian troops descended on the streets of Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv on Friday, and a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in Ukraine.
  • Ukraine’s ministry of defense called on citizens to prepare Molotov cocktails to fight off invading Russian troops, as Russian forces appeared to have infiltrated a residential district of Kyiv.

Read the original article by clicking here.

Chinese police detain teacher in kindergarten abuse inquiry

BEIJING (Reuters) – Beijing police investigating alleged child abuse at a kindergarten run by RYB Education Inc said on Saturday they had detained a teacher, in the latest scandal to hit China’s booming childcare industry.

Police in the Chaoyang district said it will further investigate claims of abuse after China’s official Xinhua news agency reported this week they were checking allegations that children at the nursery were “reportedly sexually molested, pierced by needles and given unidentified pills”.

Chaoyang district police said in an online posting on Saturday they had detained a 22-year-old teacher, surnamed Liu from the Hebei province adjacent to Beijing.

Police have also arrested another person, also surnamed Liu, for allegedly disrupting social order by spreading false information about the alleged kindergarten abuse, it said in a separate posting.

RYB’s New York-listed shares plunged 38.4 percent on Friday as the scandal sparked outrage among parents and the public.

The second woman, 31, and a Beijing native, was arrested on Thursday, police said.

Parents said their children, some as young as three, gave accounts of a naked adult male conducting purported “medical check-ups” on unclothed students, other media said.

RYB provides early education services in China and at the end of June was operating 80 kindergartens and had franchised an additional 175, covering 130 cities and towns in China.

Meanwhile, Beijing city authorities have urged RYB to remove the head of the kindergarten, Xinhua reported.

The Chaoyang district has launched an investigation into all childcare facilities in its area, the report said.

(Reporting by Shu Zhang and Josephine Mason; Editing by Christian Schmollinger and Clelia Oziel)

Chinese kindergarten blast attacker had neurological disorder: officials

A person wearing protection on his shoes and head, sweeps near the scene of an explosion at a kindergarten in Fengxian County in Jiangsu Province, China June 16, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song

XUZHOU, China (Reuters) – The man who set off a self-made explosive device outside a Chinese kindergarten killing eight people and injuring 65 others on Thursday had a neurological disorder and had scrawled words for death on the walls of his home, officials said on Friday.

The 22-year-old man, surnamed Xu, was among those killed in the blast near the entrance to the kindergarten in Xuzhou, a city in the coastal province of Jiangsu, police said in a briefing shown on state television.

The official Xinhua news agency said police were considering the act a “criminal offense”.

Xu had dropped out of an unnamed school due to his neurological condition and rented an apartment near the kindergarten, China Central Television said.

“Self-made explosive device materials were found in his apartment, and on the walls in many places were handwritten words such as kill, death, destroy and terminate,” it said.

Two people died at the scene of the blast and six more died from their injuries in hospital. Xinhua reported on Thursday night that eight people were in a critical condition.

Pictures circulating on Chinese social media showed about a dozen women and children lying on the ground in what appeared to be the immediate aftermath of the blast.

One video showed an injured woman with scorched clothing staggering unsteadily, while others sat on a floor holding crying children in their arms.

Reuters could not independently verify the authenticity of the videos. None of those injured were children or teachers, Xinhua said.

“When I arrived, the scene was messy, both adults and children were lying on the ground. I felt very scared,” a local shopkeeper Wei Xunying, who rushed to the site, told Reuters on Friday.

China’s Ministry of Education issued a statement demanding that education officials strengthen security around schools to ensure the safety of students and teachers.

Local authorities said that contrary to early reports the blast did not occur while parents were picking up children after school, according to the People’s Daily.

Explosives are relatively easy to obtain in China, home to the world’s largest mining and fireworks industries.

Violent crime is rare in China compared with many other countries, but there have been a series of knife and axe attacks in recent years, many targeting children.

(Reporting by Philip Wen, Christian Shepherd, and Michael Martina in Beijing; Shanghai newsroom in Xuzhou; Editing by Michael Perry)