At least eight people were killed and 66 were injured in an explosion on June 15 outside a kindergarten in Xuzhou Municipality’s Feng County of eastern China’s Jiangsu Province, Xinhua News reports (in Chinese).
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported that two people died at the scene and another five died at the hospital. According to the Xuzhou police’s official Weibo account (in Chinese), the blast happened in front of the gate of the Chuangxin Kindergarten at around 4:50 p.m. when classes were underway. No students or teachers are among the dead. “The police…rushed to the scene as soon as it was reported. They started rescue and investigation work on the site immediately,” the police said.
It was still unclear what caused the explosion, and even if it was intentional. Videos and photos circulating online show a group of blood-covered adults and kids lying on the ground outside the kindergarten.
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