Edition:
United States
Pictures | Wed Dec 19, 2012 | 6:12am EST

China's own primary school attack prompts soul-searching

A man (C), waving a knife in his hand, chases a girl (R) as he enters an elementary school in Guangshan county, Henan province, in this still image from a December 14, 2012 surveillance video, released by local police December 18, 2012. Authorities on Monday confirmed the arrest of the 36-year-old Chinese man, Min Yongjun, suffering from epilepsy in connection with last Friday's knife attack at the elementary school. Min burst into an elderly woman's house near the school and stabbed her with a knife before rushing to the school and attacked more than 20 children, according to Ouyang Mingxing, deputy director of the Public Security Bureau of Guangshan County. Video taken December 14, 2012. REUTERS/CCTV via Reuters TV

A man (C), waving a knife in his hand, chases a girl (R) as he enters an elementary school in Guangshan county, Henan province, in this still image from a December 14, 2012 surveillance video, released by local police December 18, 2012. Authorities...more

A man (C), waving a knife in his hand, chases a girl (R) as he enters an elementary school in Guangshan county, Henan province, in this still image from a December 14, 2012 surveillance video, released by local police December 18, 2012. Authorities on Monday confirmed the arrest of the 36-year-old Chinese man, Min Yongjun, suffering from epilepsy in connection with last Friday's knife attack at the elementary school. Min burst into an elderly woman's house near the school and stabbed her with a knife before rushing to the school and attacked more than 20 children, according to Ouyang Mingxing, deputy director of the Public Security Bureau of Guangshan County. Video taken December 14, 2012. REUTERS/CCTV via Reuters TV
Close
1 / 5
A man, waving a knife in his hand, attacks a girl as he enters an elementary school in Guangshan county, Henan province, in this still image from a December 14, 2012 surveillance video, released by local police December 18, 2012. Authorities on Monday confirmed the arrest of the 36-year-old Chinese man, Min Yongjun, suffering from epilepsy in connection with last Friday's knife attack at the elementary school. Min burst into an elderly woman's house near the school and stabbed her with a knife before rushing to the school and attacked more than 20 children, according to Ouyang Mingxing, deputy director of the Public Security Bureau of Guangshan County. Video taken December 14, 2012. REUTERS/CCTV via Reuters TV

A man, waving a knife in his hand, attacks a girl as he enters an elementary school in Guangshan county, Henan province, in this still image from a December 14, 2012 surveillance video, released by local police December 18, 2012. Authorities on...more

A man, waving a knife in his hand, attacks a girl as he enters an elementary school in Guangshan county, Henan province, in this still image from a December 14, 2012 surveillance video, released by local police December 18, 2012. Authorities on Monday confirmed the arrest of the 36-year-old Chinese man, Min Yongjun, suffering from epilepsy in connection with last Friday's knife attack at the elementary school. Min burst into an elderly woman's house near the school and stabbed her with a knife before rushing to the school and attacked more than 20 children, according to Ouyang Mingxing, deputy director of the Public Security Bureau of Guangshan County. Video taken December 14, 2012. REUTERS/CCTV via Reuters TV
Close
2 / 5
A man shows a cut on his son's coat as the boy rests on bed after being injured in a knife attack, at a hospital of Guangshan county, Henan province, December 15, 2012. As the United States debates its gun laws after the Newtown school massacre, China is doing its own political soul-searching after the shocking knife attack on a Chinese elementary school. On the same day as the Newtown shooting, a crazed man broke into a school building in central China, stabbing and slashing 23 pupils in an attack that, although not fatal, lit up the Internet - but barely registered with official state media. Picture taken December 15, 2012. REUTERS/China Daily

A man shows a cut on his son's coat as the boy rests on bed after being injured in a knife attack, at a hospital of Guangshan county, Henan province, December 15, 2012. As the United States debates its gun laws after the Newtown school massacre,...more

A man shows a cut on his son's coat as the boy rests on bed after being injured in a knife attack, at a hospital of Guangshan county, Henan province, December 15, 2012. As the United States debates its gun laws after the Newtown school massacre, China is doing its own political soul-searching after the shocking knife attack on a Chinese elementary school. On the same day as the Newtown shooting, a crazed man broke into a school building in central China, stabbing and slashing 23 pupils in an attack that, although not fatal, lit up the Internet - but barely registered with official state media. Picture taken December 15, 2012. REUTERS/China Daily
Close
3 / 5
A woman holds a mobile phone for her niece to chat with her mother after the girl was injured during a knife attack, at a hospital of Guangshan county, Henan province, December 15, 2012. REUTERS/China Daily

A woman holds a mobile phone for her niece to chat with her mother after the girl was injured during a knife attack, at a hospital of Guangshan county, Henan province, December 15, 2012. REUTERS/China Daily

A woman holds a mobile phone for her niece to chat with her mother after the girl was injured during a knife attack, at a hospital of Guangshan county, Henan province, December 15, 2012. REUTERS/China Daily
Close
4 / 5
A relative holds the arm of a seven-year-old girl who was injured during a knife attack, as a nurse adjusts an oxygen tube for her at a hospital of Guangshan county, Henan province, December 15, 2012. REUTERS/China Daily

A relative holds the arm of a seven-year-old girl who was injured during a knife attack, as a nurse adjusts an oxygen tube for her at a hospital of Guangshan county, Henan province, December 15, 2012. REUTERS/China Daily

A relative holds the arm of a seven-year-old girl who was injured during a knife attack, as a nurse adjusts an oxygen tube for her at a hospital of Guangshan county, Henan province, December 15, 2012. REUTERS/China Daily
Close
5 / 5

Next Slideshows

South Korea's "Exam Village"

There are 30,000 residents of a drab neighborhood in Seoul known as Exam Village, where people preparing for tests for low-level civil service jobs have...

Dec 17 2012

Week in sports

A look at our top sports images of the past week.

Dec 17 2012

Roofless in Brazil

Thousands have joined a growing Roofless Movement who find shelter in abandoned or vacant buildings in Sao Paulo.

Dec 17 2012

Funeral for London nurse

The body of Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who committed suicide in London after a prank call by two Australian radio presenters, was flown to India for her...

Dec 17 2012

MORE IN PICTURES

First 100 days of Trump

First 100 days of Trump

Major moments from the first days of the Trump administration.

Republicans pull healthcare bill

Republicans pull healthcare bill

President Donald Trump suffered a stunning political setback in a Congress controlled by his own party when Republican leaders pulled legislation to overhaul Obamacare, a major 2016 election campaign promise of the president and his allies.

Sunken South Korean ferry raised

Sunken South Korean ferry raised

The Sewol ferry that sank nearly three years ago, killing 304 people, most of them children on a school trip, slowly emerges from a gray sea.

Photos of the week

Photos of the week

Our top photos of the week.

The scramble for healthcare bill votes

The scramble for healthcare bill votes

GOP lawmakers struggle to overcome differences as a dramatic vote on healthcare looms.

Flashback: Egypt's Arab Spring

Flashback: Egypt's Arab Spring

A look back at the Egypt uprising that led to the overthrow of president Mubarak in 2011. Mubarak, the first leader to face trial after the Arab Spring protests that swept the region, was freed after six years in detention.

Highlights from Tokyo Fashion Week

Highlights from Tokyo Fashion Week

Backstage and collection highlights from Tokyo.

Iraqi forces edge further into Mosul

Iraqi forces edge further into Mosul

Iraqi forces enter Mosul's Old City as Islamic State militants put up fierce resistance from the close-packed houses and narrow streets.

Mourning for London

Mourning for London

The world grieves after a deadly attack near parliament in London.

Newer Slideshows Older Slideshows

Trending Collections

Pictures