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6 Chinese officials fired after school stabbing

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 today 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 Friday.