Deadly blast hits China kindergarten, 7 killed

China nursery blast: 'Seven dead' in Jiangsu explosion

An explosion has hit a kindergarten in eastern China, with seven deaths reported. Police say they are investigating.

Police said the explosion was heard at 4:50 p.m. local time on Thursday in the city of Xuzhou in Jiangsu province.

Seven people were killed in the blast, according to state broadcaster CCTV, and some 59 peope were injured.

The explosion was said to have been near the entrance to the childcare facility. It occurred as children left school, according to the Xinhua news agency.

A number of people appeared to be unconscious in images that were circulated. The force of the blast was said to have torn clothes off some people.

Kindergartens in China have previously been targeted by people bearing grudges against their neighbors and employers, or society in general.

Early in May, a school bus packed with kindergarten pupils burst into flames in a tunnel in the eastern province of Shandong. Officials said the bus driver, angry at losing overtime wages, had set the fire. – AFP

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