China- Blast at kindergarten school, several casualties feared
An explosion at the entrance of a kindergarten school in China's Jiangsu province has reportedly left several casualties.
The blast struck at 4:50pm at the Chuangxin Kindergarten in Fengxian. It's not yet known whether it was deliberate or an accident.
A witness attributed the explosion to cooking gas. Photos purportedly from the site showed people, including children, lying on the ground, many bleeding.
Several feared dead in blast at Chinese school
16 Jun 2017
China kindergarten blast- Death toll rises to seven, 66 injured
At least seven people were killed and 66 injured in a major explosion at a kindergarten in China's Jiangsu Province.
The blast happened at the entrance on June 15 while children were leaving the Chuangxin Kindergarten in Fengxian. The number of children casualties hasn't been confirmed.
Two died on the spot and five succumbed to injuries at the hospital. Nine are still critical.
Scenes of devastation at the blast site
There is still no confirmation on what caused the blast, but reports emerged that it might have been due to a gas cylinder at a nearby food stall exploding.
Pictures and videos of devastation purportedly from the blast site surfaced: people, even children, are seen lying around in blood, some crying, some unconscious.
Glass is seen shattered all around. The gate is seen damaged.
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Several attacks on kindergarten children in recent times
There have several been attacks on kindergartens in China in recent days. On May 9, a schoolbus caught fire in a tunnel, killing 11 children along with a teacher and the driver.
The driver, frustrated with low wages, reportedly did it intentionally.
In January, a man stabbed 11 children at a school in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.