Fengxian, China. A terrible attack at a childrens school in China appears to be a criminal act rather than a terrorist act, according to Chinese law enforcement officials.
The explosion at the gates of a Chinese kindergarten that killed eight people was caused by a 22-year-old man who died in the blast, police say bomb-making materials were found in the flat where the man, named as Xu, lived, and the words “die” and “death” had been scrawled on the walls.
The blast happened just as parents in Fengxian in the eastern province of Jiangsu were picking up their children at the end of the day.It is being treated as a criminal act, without signs of terrorism.
The perpetraitor of the murders-Xu had suffered from health problems and had dropped out of school but was employed, police said.
Upwards of 60 people were injured in the explosion, including eight who are in a serious condition, authorities say. A survivor told Chinese state TV that the kindergarten gate had just opened for children to leave but none had come out when the blast happened.
Local Fengxian officials said none of the children or teachers at the kindergarten thank god, were among the casualties. The Fengxian blast is the second tragedy to strike a Chinese kindergarten in recent weeks.
Just last month, 11 children died when a bus packed with kindergarten pupils burst into flames inside a tunnel in eastern Shandong province. It later emerged that the fire had been started deliberately by the driver, who also died.