China Steps Up Security at Education Facilities After Deadly Kindergarten Blast

Elias Hubbard
June 18, 2017

According to reports, the blast was caused by a gas cylinder at a roadside food stall and has been identified exclusively as a criminal act without terror implications although the police have not yet revealed any potential motive of the suspect.

Witnesses told local media the explosion happened at a stall where hawkers were selling deep-fried snacks, and may have been caused by the mishandling of gas canisters.

According to the statement, the man suffered from an autonomic nervous system disorder with symptom like dizziness and problems with basic bodily functions.

Police also found materials to make bombs in the property. "At this point we believe the case is solved".

Eight people were killed and 65 injured in the blast in front of the kindergarten in Feng district of Xuzhou city late Thursday afternoon. Many appeared to be mothers.

The gory scene showing clothing, shoes and other items strewn on the ground beside pools of blood had gone viral as netizens were shocked at the horror recorded on camera.

State media reported that in 2014 a man killed three children and a teacher as wounded several others at a primary school which had refused to enrol his daughter.

Videos posted by the People's Daily showed a chaotic scene, with children and adults lying on the ground, some of them motionless, their clothes blown off them, and others struggling to get up. Most are blamed on people with mental illnesses or who fault society or neighbors for failures in life. Many people might be dead.

"Socially isolated individuals are more likely to commit crimes", she added.

Officials later said the fire was started by the driver who was angry about losing overtime wages.

Two months ago, China premier Li Keqian reassured the public about school safety, "Campus safety concerns the healthy development of millions of students and the happiness of their families".

Police have not yet provided a motive for the attack.

Those attacks prompted the government and schools to beef up security, posting guards and installing gates and barriers outside schools, and on Friday the Ministry of Education issued a fresh directive instructing schools to carry out a "comprehensive investigation of security risks".

Explosives are relatively easy to obtain in China, home to the world's largest mining and fireworks industries.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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