Police officers keep watch near the U.S. embassy in Beijing, China August 3, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

An attack at a kindergarten in southeast China left three dead and six wounded. As the police in Anfu in the province of Jiangxi reported on Wednesday, the perpetrator was masked and fled after the attack.

After initial investigations, the police assume that it is probably a 48-year-old man from the area. There was also talk of a “murder weapon”. Further details were not initially known.

Such attacks on kindergarten children or students are not uncommon in China. In previous crimes, perpetrators somehow wanted to take revenge on society for perceived injustices, and often sought out the weakest members to do so.