China Kindergarten blast suspect had bomb-making facility at home

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Beijing, June 16: The China authorities on Friday said that a man who had written about death and killing was responsible for an explosion outside a kindergarten in eastern China that killed eight people and injured dozens of others, the Chinese news media reported.

The suspect has been identified as 22-year-old Xue.

Medical workers transport a person injured in China kindergarten explosion on Thursday. Photo credit: PTI

"This person had psychological problems. After he left the university, he rented a house in the city and working at the school where the bomb blast has taken place", state run Chinese television quoted investigators as saying.

According to the reports, the man, surnamed Xu, suffered from dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system, a disorder that can cause heart and blood pressure problems. He had dropped out of school but was employed.

The police found bomb-making facility in his house. He had written the words "die", "death" and "destroy" on the walls of his house.

Chinese police routinely blame people with psychological problems for such attacks without providing details.

Sixty-six people were injured in blast that rocked the school on Thursday. There were no children or teachers among the casualties, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

A survivor told broadcaster CCTV from her hospital bed that the school gate had just opened for kids to leave, though none had come out when the fireball erupted.

The woman, who was holding a baby during the interview as she sat on her bed, said she blacked out and only woke up while being treated.

The condition of the eight of the injured was stated to be serious.

The blast occurred around 4.48 pm at the gate of the kindergarten. Two persons died at the scene, and another six died later in hospital. The condition of the eight of the injured remained critical, doctors said.

More than 10 senior doctors from Nanjing and Wuxi cities of Jiangsu have been rushed to the site of the blast.

A team led by Huang Ming, deputy minister of public security, has been sent to investigate the blast.

A witness told the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post the blast came just minutes before the end-of-day bell rang.

"At about 5pm, we heard a blast and thought it might have been a gas explosion at a nearby food vendor," a local shop owner was quoted as saying by online news portal Sohu. Many people might be dead.

A shop-owner near the kindergarten, who declined to be identified, told the Post the blast happened a few minutes before the kindergarten opened its doors to allow parents inside to collect their children.

"The parents were all queueing up at the school gate at the time," the shop owner said.

"Because the explosion happened just outside the school grounds, the students waiting inside classrooms would probably have been shielded from injury," he said.

His daughter attended the school and was later taken home safely by her grandfather, he said.


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