13 injured as enraged man drives car into students in China

Thirteen middle school children were injured when an enraged man, upset by a court ruling in the murder of his daughter, rammed his car loaded with a gas tank and firecrackers into a group of 23 students in northern China, officials said today.

Divorced and without a stable job, the man, identified as 48-year-old Yin Tiejun drove his vehicle right into the group of students of Fengning No 1 Middle School at the Manchu Autonomous County of Fengning in Hebei Province, even though they had nothing to do with his daughter's murder.

Of the 13 students were hospitalised with injuries that included skull fractures and crushed feet.

Police said after the accident Yin lit a bottle of diesel, trying to burn down the car after hitting the students. Police officers, who put out the fire, found a gas tank and firecrackers in the trunk of the car.

Yin claimed during interrogation that these were not meant for the attack. Police cleared Yin of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

They said he was upset with a court ruling that did not sentence all his daughter's murderers to death.

Yin was detained on charges of endangering public safety.
Attacks by frustrated and disgruntled people on school children were taking place all over the China posing serious challenge to the protection of children and students.

On December 14, a man armed with cleaver attacked children in a village in primary school in China's Henan Province injuring 23 of them. He was stated to be suffering from epilepsy.

State television for the first time showed the CCTV recordings of the ghastly attack in which the man was seen attempting to hack the hapless children who ran out in panic.

He was later subdued by the staff.Six officials including schools principle were sacked. Many such attacks were reported from all over China in the recent past.

China has ordered stepped safety in all the schools holding the schools officials responsible for the safety of the students.

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