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Investigators work at the scene

Investigators work at the scene of an explosion inside a kindergarten in Fengxian County in Jiangsu Province, China, June 16, 2017. (Photo: Aly Song/Reuters)

Deadly blast at kindergarten in eastern China

An explosion rocked a kindergarten in eastern China on Thursday, killing at least seven people and injuring dozens, authorities said, as state media published images showing bloodied and unconscious victims.

The explosion happened at the school’s gates, police in the city of Xuzhou said in a statement.

Images circulating online showed that the force of the blast tore people’s clothes off and one woman was seen clutching her child, who is in tears.

Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun ordered a “prompt” investigation into the cause and “demanded enhanced checks of possible risks at densely populated venues,” the official Xinhua news agency said. His deputy was dispatched to the area to conduct the probe.

At least seven people were killed and 66 injured, including nine seriously, according to Xuzhou city government. Two died at the site of the explosion and five while being treated.

Xinhua said children were leaving school when the blast occurred, but the Fengxian county government said class was ongoing and teachers and students were not among the casualties. (AFP)

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