Crowd outside nursery in eastern China

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Chinese language TV confirmed a big crowd gathered exterior the nursery

An explosion on the gates of a Chinese language kindergarten that killed eight individuals was attributable to a 22-year-old man who died within the blast, police say.

Bomb-making supplies have been discovered within the flat the place the person, named as Xu, lived, and the phrases “die” and “loss of life” had been scrawled on the partitions.

The blast occurred simply as dad and mom in Fengxian within the jap province of Jiangsu have been choosing up their kids on the finish of the day.

It’s being handled as a felony act.

Xu had suffered from well being issues and had dropped out of faculty however was employed, police mentioned.

Greater than 60 individuals have been injured within the explosion, together with eight who’re in a critical situation, the authorities say.

A survivor informed Chinese language state TV that the kindergarten gate had simply opened for youngsters to go away however none had come out when the blast occurred.

Fengxian officers mentioned not one of the kids or lecturers on the kindergarten have been among the many casualties.

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

Final month, 11 kids died when a bus filled with kindergarten pupils burst into flames inside a tunnel in jap Shandong province.

It later emerged that the fire had been started deliberately by the driver, who additionally died.

There have additionally been knife assaults at faculties in recent times. In January a person with a kitchen knife wounded 11 kids at a kindergarten in southern China’s Guangxi province.

Final February a knifeman stabbed 10 children exterior a main college within the island of Hainan in southern China earlier than killing himself.

Such assaults have typically been attributed to individuals with private grudges or affected by psychological well being issues.

Nonetheless Chinese language leaders have previously additionally acknowledged that underlying social tensions have contributed to the crimes.