China blast hurts children at nursery

Elias Hubbard
June 27, 2017

The 22-year-old man identified as Xu had a disorder whose symptoms can include depression, anxiety, dizziness, vision problems and problems with basic bodily functions, the police said at a news conference.

At least seven people have been killed and 66 injured in the explosion.

The videos posted by the state-run People's Daily showed a chaotic scene outside the entrance to the school, with children and adults lying on the ground, some of them motionless and others struggling to get up off the ground.

An explosion rocked a kindergarten in eastern China on Thursday, killing at least eight people and injuring dozens, the official Xinhua news agency reported, as state media published images showing bloodied and unconscious victims. Another showed people lying in a hospital.

Some local media say a gas tank may have blown up.

While witnesses claim that a gas cylinder at a food stall was the cause of the explosion, investigators have just said that a homemade bomb was used. Most are blamed on people with mental illnesses or who fault society or neighbors for failures in life.

There was no indication yet whether the investigation was targeting one or more suspects, and the names of the dead have also not been released, though no children or teachers are said to be among them. No kindergarten students or teachers were injured in the blast.

Last month 11 kindgarteners were killed in China when their school bus driver purposely set the vehicle on fire in a tunnel, the BBC reported. Some 59 people have been injured.

It is not clear whether the blast, which occurred while children were being picked up from school around 4:50 p.m. local time, was an accident or set up on goal.

In 2013, a wheelchair-bound man detonated a homemade bomb at Beijing worldwide airport as a protest at alleged police brutality.

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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