Bomb-mak­ing ma­te­rial found in sus­pect’s room

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BEIJING: In­ves­ti­ga­tors found ma­te­rial to make bombs at the house of the man sus­pected of car­ry­ing out a deadly blast near a kindergarten in eastern China, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment said yes­ter­day.

The sus­pect, iden­ti­fied as a 22-year-old, is among the dead, the Xuzhou city gov­ern­ment in Jiangsu prov­ince said.

Au­thor­i­ties said eight peo­ple, in­clud­ing the sus­pect, died and dozens were in­jured in the ex­plo­sion that oc­curred as rel­a­tives were wait­ing to pick up pupils from Chuangxin Kindergarten on Thurs­day.

The sus­pect, named Xu, was a Xuzhou res­i­dent who lived and worked near the kindergarten, po­lice said. Au­thor­i­ties said he had dropped out of school af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with an au­to­nomic ner­vous sys­tem dis­or­der, which has symp­toms rang­ing from dizzi­ness to di­ges­tive dif­fi­cul­ties.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors found ma­te­rial for mak­ing bombs in the room he was rent­ing. On the walls, po­lice said they found writ­ten words such as “death” and “kill.”

Po­lice said they con­ducted DNA match­ing tests to prove Xu’s iden­tity and have closed the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The blast took place as rel­a­tives were wait­ing to pick up pupils at the end of the school day.

Two peo­ple were found dead near the kindergarten en­trance, and six died later in hos­pi­tal, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment said.

Sixty- five peo­ple were in­jured, in­clud­ing eight who were in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion and re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at a Xuzhou hos­pi­tal. Of the eight, four have been sta­bilised, the gov­ern­ment said.

The kindergarten was still in ses­sion when the ex­plo­sion hap­pened, so no pupils or teach­ers were among those in­jured, of­fi­cials said.

At­tacks on kinder­gartens in China have hap­pened be­fore, usu­ally by peo­ple who are men­tally ill or who seek re­tal­i­a­tion against em­ploy­ers or so­ci­ety.

Last month, a driver set fire to a school bus car­ry­ing chil­dren to a kindergarten, killing 11 pupils and a teacher. – dpa

PIC­TURES: XINHUA

Med­i­cal work­ers trans­port a per­son in­jured in an ex­plo­sion out­side a kindergarten into a hos­pi­tal in Fengx­ian County in eastern China’s Jiangsu Prov­ince on Thurs­day.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors work at the scene of the ex­plo­sion.

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