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China School Attack: 6 Chinese Officials Fired In Henan Over Knife Stabbing

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This picture taken on December 16, 2012 shows an girl lying on a hospital bed after she was stabbed during a knife attack that took place on December 14 at a primary school in Guangshan county, central China's Henan province. Internet users in China drew comparisons Saturday between violent episodes at schools in China and the US a day after 22 children were stabbed at a Chinese primary school and a US school shooting left 28 dead. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty Images

BEIJING -- Chinese state media say six officials have been fired after a man hacked and injured 23 elementary school students with a knife in central China's Henan province.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Tuesday that two school principals, two township police officers, one township safety official and one county education official were sacked after Friday's hacking incident in Chenpeng village, Guangshan county.

County officials confirmed the firings Tuesday but said they did not know the specific reasons cited for the removal of the six officials.

Authorities have arrested Min Yongjun on suspicion of jeopardizing public security for stabbing the children.

A statement from the Guangshan county government indicated that Min might have been strongly affected by "doomsday rumors."

Some people believe the Mayan calendar predicts an apocalypse this Friday.

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