UPDATE: According to a Press release by the Xuzhou city oficials Thursday’s blast at a kindergarten in Eastern China is being investigated as a criminal act.
June 15, 2017 Seven people are dead after an explosion at a nursery in east China on Thursday. At least 59 others, including children were injured in the blast. Nine people are in serious condition.
China’s official news agency, Xinhua reports the blast took place just outside the Chuangxin Kindergarten in Fengxian county in the eastern province of Jiangsu.
A Chinese government official confirmed that seven people
were killed in the explosion at the entrance to a kindergarten as parents were picking up their children Thursday afternoon.
Witnesses at the scene of the explosion took to Twitter to share graphic photos and video footage captured on cellphones showing several people covered in blood lying in front of the nursery’s gate.
Chinese investigators are trying to determine the cause of the deadly blast. Chinese kindergartens have previously been targets of intentional attacks. Last month, eleven children were killed when the driver of a school bus intentionally crashed the vehicle inside a tunnel in the Chinese city of Weihai, located in the eastern Shandong province.
A series of attacks on schools in 2010, including one on a kindergarten in Shaanxi province prompted the Chinese government to order increased security measures including steel gates, surveillance cameras and even trained security guards at many Chinese schools.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."