Deadly Explosion Rocks Chinese Kindergarten and Kills at Least 7

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At least seven people were killed and 66 were injured, including children, in an explosion Thursday near a kindergarten in eastern China, according to Chinese government officials.

Two people died at the scene and five died at the hospital. At least nine are in serious condition, according to reports.

The blast occurred in front of the gate of the

A gas cylinder exploded near the entrance of Chuangxin Kindergarten in Fengxian, located in Jiangsu province, at 4:50 p.m. local time, a witness told newspaper Global Times.

Videos and photos from the scene showed people, including children, lying on the ground, with some covered in blood, according to the South China Morning Post.

It’s unclear if the explosion was deliberate, though an unidentified witness told local newspaper Xiandaikuaibao that the bomb appeared to be a cooking gas.

Kindergartens in China have been targeted before in apparent revenge attacks carried out by people bearing grudges against their neighbors and society, Fox News reports.

In 2010, nearly 20 children were killed in attacks on schools, prompting a response from top government officials and leading many schools to beef up security with the posting of guards and the installation of gates and other barriers. Last year, a knife-wielding assailant injured seven students outside a primary school in a northern city.

China maintains tight control over firearms and most attacks are carried out using knives, axes or homemade explosives.

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