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09:52, 16 June 2017

Blast rocks near kindergarten in China killing at least 8 and injuring dozens

AKIPRESS.COM - At least eight people have been killed and dozens injured in an explosion at a nursery in China, Xinhua state news agency said.

The blast took place just outside the kindergarten in the town of Xuzhou in Jiangsu province on Thursday afternoon, BBC reported.

No children or teachers were among the casualties, it said.

The cause of the blast is not clear but media reports say the police are treating the explosion as a criminal offence and have identified a suspect.

The explosion happened at about 17:00 (09:00 GMT).

Two people were killed immediately and six others died from their injuries, Xinhua reported.

According to the news agency, 65 people have been injured, with several in a serious condition.

Unverified images circulating on social media showed adults and children lying on the ground, while video footage showed injured people holding crying children and one woman with burned clothing staggering unsteadily.

It is the second tragedy to strike a Chinese kindergarten in recent weeks.

Last month, 11 children died when a bus packed with kindergarten pupils burst into flames inside a tunnel in eastern Shandong province.

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