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Kindergarten explosion kills at least 8, injures 66 – China’s latest political and current affairs news

summary of the top news in Chinese politics and current affairs for June 15, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina newsletter, a convenient package of China’s business, political, and cultural news delivered to your inbox for free. Subscribe here.
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Jiayun Feng

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.

By Jiayun Feng
Jiayun is a Chinese native and was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first 20 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she attended the NYU Graduate School of Journalism for its Global & Joint Program Studies, which allows her to pursue a journalistic career along with her interest in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.
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