A 22-year-old man made the bomb that exploded at the front gate of a kindergarten in eastern China, killing eight people, including himself, investigators said Friday, apparently closing the case on one of the worst school attacks in the country in recent years.
Police were investigating the explosion as a criminal act and said they had "targeted" a suspect, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. He reportedly was suspended from his school because of a nervous system disorder.
Police said the suspect was identified primarily using security camera footage and DNA collected at the scene of the blast, which struck Thursday as relatives were waiting to pick up students at the end of the school day.
At least eight people were killed and 65 injured, including eight seriously, according to authorities.
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Chinese police have identified a suspect in the bombing of a kindergarten in the city of Xuzhou on Thursday. Xu had dropped out of an unnamed school due to his neurological condition and rented an apartment near the kindergarten, China Central Television said. None of those injured were children or teachers, Xinhua said.
However, state media reports say people have been hurt and photos purportedly from the scene and posted to social media showed children and adults lying on the ground, some of them bleeding.
A video posted by the People's Daily showed emergency workers arriving at the scene with gurneys.
Investigators concluded that the blast was caused by an explosive, ruling out previous news reports suggesting it was an accidental explosion of a food stall's gas cylinder.
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The motive was not immediately known and police did not say whether the kindergarten was the target, but schools have been attacked by knife-wielding assailants in the past.
This is the latest in a string of tragedies to strike school children in China in recent months.
A school bus packed with kindergarten pupils erupted in flames inside a tunnel in eastern Shandong province on May 9, killing 11 children, a teacher and the driver.
The attack took place at around 4:50pm, as parents were picking up their children from Chuangxin Kindergarten.
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In February a year ago, a knife-wielding assailant wounded 10 children in a schoolyard in the southern island province of Hainan, before committing suicide.