At Least 7 Dead, 59 Injured In Blast At China Kindergarten

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24 June, 2017

From 2010 to 2012, a series of stabbings, cleaver and hammer attacks took place in schools across China, leaving at least 25 people dead and some 115 injured.

An elderly woman walks home after picking her granddaughter up from kindergarten in Beijing, China on June 2, 2017.

An explosion ripped through a kindergarten in eastern China on Thursday, killing at least seven people and wounding dozens more, according to the country's state-run media.

Last month, six Chinese children and six South Koreans, all aged between three and seven, died after their kindergarten bus driver lit a fire on his bus, police said.

"When I arrived, the scene was messy, both adults and children were lying on the ground".

NY Times reports that hospital workers in Xuzhou said that the majority of people injured were parents or grandparents who were waiting to collected their children from school.

According to Al Jazeera, citing the Global Times, the incident was caused by the explosion of a gas cylinder at a food stall on the side of the road, which is now being investigated by the Fengxian County police.

Photos and videos from the scene show people covered in blood outside the kindergarten building.

Two people were killed immediately and five others died from their injuries, according to Chinese Central Television. Xinhua reported on Thursday night that eight people were in a critical condition.

Several knife attacks have occurred in the past few years.

In the year 2010, almost 20 children were killed in various attacks on schools, prompting protests and leading to many schools increasing their security and posting guards.

It is the latest tragedy to strike a kindergarten in China in recent weeks.

As China maintains a tight control over firearms, most attacks of violence are carried out using knives, axes or homemade explosives.

In February previous year, a knife-wielding assailant wounded 10 children in a schoolyard in the southern island province of Hainan, before committing suicide.


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