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At least 39 injured after knife attack at primary school

A knife attack at a Chinese primary school has left at least 39 people injured, reports say.

A school security guard has been named as the suspect, with 37 pupils and two staff members among those hurt, according to Mail Online.

Footage shows bandaged primary pupils filling a hospital waiting area following the incident in the town of Wangfu, Cangwu County, in China’s southern Guangxi region, around 8:30am local time today.

A local government statement said three people suffered serious injuries, including the principal, a security guard and one pupil at Wangfu Central Elementary School. Details of their conditions have not yet been announced.

A statement by Wangfu People’s Government named the suspect as Li Xiaomin, who is around 50-years-old and pictured being led away in handcuffs by uniformed police.

Eight ambulances had been dispatched from town and city level facilities to assist the rescue operation, the municipal government said.

A town spokesperson told local media: ‘We believe the guard used to work at the school.

‘We’re still investigating and still don’t have the exact figures of the number of injured.’

Li is accused of hacking and stabbing primary pupils and teachers near the entrance of the school.

Injured children with bloodied bandages were seen filling Wangfu Health Center as doctors and nurses tended to them.

Ambulances rushing to and from the hospital while parents and children crowded around the primary care facility.

This is a breaking story – more to follow.

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