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Kindergarten Blast Suspect Had Explosive Material at Home, China Says


Police officers on Friday outside a kindergarten on the outskirts of Xuzhou, a city in Jiangsu Province. An explosion outside the school on Thursday was caused by a 22-year-old man who died in the blast, the Chinese news media said. Credit Greg Baker/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

XUZHOU, China — Explosive materials and violent writings were found in the home of a 22-year-old man suspected of setting off an explosion outside a kindergarten in eastern China, the state news media reported on Friday, citing government officials.

China Central Television, the state broadcaster, said that the man, surnamed Xu, and seven other people died in the explosion, which took place shortly before the students were to be dismissed on Thursday at a kindergarten on the outskirts of Xuzhou, a sprawling city in Jiangsu Province.

The authorities said they had recovered homemade explosive materials in Mr. Xu’s apartment, along with writings about death and killing, CCTV reported. It also said that Mr. Xu, 22, had had an autonomic nervous system disorder that had caused him to take a leave of absence from school at one point. Such a disorder can lead to problems controlling involuntary actions such as breathing.

If shown to have been a deliberate act, the blast would be the latest in a series of grisly attacks at Chinese schools that have raised safety concerns among parents. In 2012, for example, a man wielding a meat cleaver wounded 23 children at a school in the central province of Henan.

Source: NYT > World

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