UPDATE: Man kills at least 3 children in Chinese school attack

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Hong Kong (CNN) — The new school year in China began Monday with a horrifying attack.

A man stabbed to death three children at a primary school in central China and then committed suicide by jumping off a building, state media reported.

The attacker broke into Dongfang Primary School in Hubei province around 10:20 a.m., Xinhua news agency said, citing the local government.

Wielding a knife, the man stabbed eight students and a teacher before he took his own life, the report said.

Three of the students died, and the six other victims have been hospitalized, Xinhua reported. Two of the students are seriously hurt, it said.

Monday was the first day back at school after the summer vacation for most students in China.

The report only gave the man’s surname of Chen. It said police are investigating the case.

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