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China police blame lone bomber for killing 8 at kindergarten gate

Chinese police said Friday they believe that a 22-year-old school dropout planted a homemade explosive device outside a kindergarten, killing eight people, including himself, although his motive remains unclear.

The explosion took place at 4:48 p.m. on Thursday outside a kindergarten in the city of Xuzhou in the eastern coastal province of Jiangsu, as mothers were gathered at the school gates to pick up their children.

There was initially some speculation the incident might have been caused by a gas cylinder from a street side food vendor, but it now appears the explosion will go down as the latest in a long series of puzzling and disturbing attacks on young children in China in recent years, perpetrated by people with grievances against society or with mental health issues.

The attacks on children are perhaps even more troubling in a society where many parents only have one child, thanks to four decades of draconian family planning policies.

“The explosion was caused by a homemade explosive device,” Pei Jun, the deputy head of Jiangsu public security office told a news conference, blaming a man he named only as Xu who died at the site.

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