Stampede kills 6 primary schoolchildren in China

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BEIJING (AP) - Six schoolchildren died in a stampede Friday at a primary school in the southern Chinese city of Kunming, authorities said.

It wasn't clear what caused the stampede, which also injured additional first- and second-grade students of Mingtong Primary School, the city's propaganda office said on its microblog.

Also Friday, a man fatally stabbed four students on their way to elementary school in the neighboring province of Guangxi. Local officials said police were searching for the suspect.

Earlier this month, a man killed three pupils on the first school day before jumping to his death in the central Hubei province.

Chinese education officials have repeatedly demanded that campus security be increased.

Following the stampede, Kunming officials demanded that all schools in the city have thorough security checks to remove any safety hazards.

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