Two people have been killed and 10 others injured in a knife attack at a primary school in China’s southern Jiangxi province, police said.

It was not immediately clear if children were among the casualties.

The attack took place at about midday (04:00 GMT) at the school in Guixi city.

Police said it was carried out by a 45-year-old woman, who used a fruit knife. She has since been controlled, police added in a statement on social media.

It is unclear why the primary school – which in China teach children aged six to 12 – was targeted.

China has seen a spate of knife attacks in recent months. Last May, a man stabbed dead two people and wounded 21 others at a hospital in the southern province of Yunnan.

In August last year, two people were killed and seven others injured after a man with a history of mental illness attacked people with a knife in a residential district in also Yunnan.

In July that year, six people, including three children, were killed in a stabbing at a kindergarten in the south-eastern province of Guangdong.

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