Suspect identified after Chinese kindergarten blast

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2017

Chinese police said Friday that an explosion that killed eight people outside a kindergarten was caused by a makeshift bomb, and that the suspected bomber died in the blast.

Media reports estimate the injured as numbering some 66 people but it was uncertain how numerous dead or wounded are children from the kindergarten.

Police from Xuzhou city urged social media commentators to share only information from official channels after some users posted videos of an April explosion which they said depicted Thursday's incident.

Forensic experts work at the site of the explosion near a kindergarten in Fengxian County in east China's Jiangsu Province, June 16, 2017. Xu worked near the kindergarten and was allegedly diagnosed with a neurological disorder. In late March, a stampede at an elementary school in the central Henan province left two pupils killed and 20 injured.

Since the blast occurred before school had let out for the day, no students or teachers from the kindergarten were injured, said local authorities.

Seven people have died and more than 60 others, including children, were injured in an explosion at a nursery in China.

The Fengxian blast is the second tragedy to strike a Chinese kindergarten in recent weeks.

Xinhua news agency put the number of the wounded at 65, including eight who are in a critical condition.

Local reports state that at least eight people have died from the explosion.

Investigators concluded that the blast was caused by an explosive, ruling out previous news reports suggesting it was an accidental explosion of a food stall's gas cylinder. So far little is known how the blast took place but the police have described it as a "criminal offense".

China's Ministry of Education issued a statement demanding that education officials strengthen security around schools to ensure the safety of students and teachers.

In China, kindergartens have been attacked before also, by suspects who authorities claim were mentally ill or bore grudges against society.

In January, a man armed with a kitchen knife stabbed and wounded 11 children at a kindergarten in southern Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. Officials later said the fire was intentionally set by the driver, who was angry at losing overtime wages.

Violent crime is rare in China compared with many other countries, but there have been a series of knife and axe attacks in recent years, many targeting children.

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