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Agence France-Presse
Beijing, December 21, 2012
Newly-released video of a knife attack at a Chinese primary school shows a man slashing at a little girl and causing her to fall to the ground, horrifying web users in the country.

A total of 22 children were stabbed in the attack last week in the central province of Henan.

The grainy footage, released by police and broadcast on Chinese television, shows a crowd of panicked children fleeing the school before broom-wielding adults chase the attacker back into the street through the school gate.

No guards are visible nearby.

Television broadcasts did not show footage from inside the school buildings, but social media users were nonetheless shocked by the images.

“I couldn’t bear to watch it,” said one poster on Sina Weibo, a website similar to Twitter. “The number of hits suggests there is indeed lots of attention, but is it necessary to show it in this way? Are we way too tough?” Another asked: “How could this kind of terrifying video go online?”

The attack happened on the same day that 20 children were shot dead at a primary school in Connecticut in the US.