50 Children injured in chemical attack in China

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50 Children injured in chemical attack in China

More than 50 people, mostly children, were injured by a man who broke into a kindergarten in southwest China and sprayed them with corrosive liquid, local authorities said Tuesday.

The suspect, a 23-year-old surnamed Kong, entered the kindergarten by climbing a wall before spraying victims with sodium hydroxide, said local authorities in Kaiyuan city, Yunnan province.

Some 51 children and three teachers were admitted to hospital for treatment, two with “severe symptoms”.

Police arrested Kong less than an hour after the attack.

Facts about sodium hydroxide

Sodium hydroxide is a highly caustic base and alkali that decomposes proteins at ordinary ambient temperatures and may cause severe chemical burns.

It is highly soluble in water and readily absorbs moisture and carbon dioxide from the air.
As one of the simplest hydroxides, it is frequently utilized alongside neutral water and acidic hydrochloric acid to demonstrate the pH scale to chemistry students.