Attack on kindergarten in China kills 8, suspect dead

On Thursday, an explosion occurred outside a kindergarten in eastern China’s Jiangsu province, leaving eight people killed and 65 injured.She said most children and parents were inside the facility when the blast happened.Investigators said the blast was caused by a homemade bomb and that the main suspect was a 22-year-old Xuzhou resident who lived and worked near the kindergarten.Police found bomb making material in his home as well as the words “death“, “decease” and “end” written on the walls of the man’s apartment, Xinhua said.The paper said two people were killed immediately in the blast at Chuangxin kindergarten in rural Fengxian county, while another five died soon after following unsuccessful efforts to revive them.A witness identified only by the surname Shi said the force of the blast sent people flying several meters into the air, according to the state-run Global Times.Photographs and video footage uploaded on social media shortly afterward showed a number of people – some covered in blood – lying in the street outside the kindergarten.The videos showed ambulances arriving, medics wheeling people into an emergency room and medical personnel treating what appeared to be a child. “I felt very scared”, a local shopkeeper Wei Xunying, who rushed to the site, told Reuters on Friday.Those attacks prompted the government and schools to beef up security, posting guards and installing gates and barriers outside schools, and on Friday the Ministry of Education issued a fresh directive instructing schools to carry out a “comprehensive investigation of security risks”.The official Xinhua News Agency reported that eight of the injured were still in critical condition, but that no children or teachers were among those killed.In China, kindergartens have been attacked before also, by suspects who authorities claim were mentally ill or bore grudges against society.In May, 11 children were killed along with their teacher and driver when their school bus caught fire inside a tunnel in eastern Shandong province.Locals said hundreds of students attend the school and that the victims were thought to be people waiting to pick up the children.There have also been knife attacks at schools in recent years, the most recent being in January, when a man armed with a kitchen knife wounded 11 children at a kindergarten in southern China.