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Suspect identified in China kindergarten explosion; 8 killed

Suspect identified in China kindergarten explosion; 8 killed”

At least seven people were killed and 66 were injured, including children, in a blast Thursday near a kindergarten in eastern China, according to Chinese state media. Eight people remained in critical condition.

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

The blast rung out just before 5pm at Chuangxin Kindergarten in Feng County, Xuzhou, which is north west of Shanghai.

Pictures of the scene showed more than a dozen people outside a building, many lying on the ground and some appearing to be unconscious, including a small child. Clothing, shoes and other items were strewn on the ground beside pools of blood.

It's not immediately clear what caused the explosion or how many children are among the victims - though Global Times, a state-run media outlet, cites a witness who blamed the explosion on a "gas cylinder at a roadside stall". A video posted by the People's Daily showed emergency workers arriving at the scene with gurneys.

Kindergartens in China have been targeted before in apparent revenge attacks carried out by people bearing grudges against their neighbors and society.

In 2010, almost 20 children were killed in attacks on schools, prompting a response from top government officials and leading many schools to beef up security by posting guards and installing gates and other barriers.

China maintains tight control over firearms and most attacks are carried out using knives, axes or home-made explosives.



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