Police have blamed last Thursday’s explosion at a Jiangsu kindergarten which killed at least eight people and injured 65 more on a troubled 22-year-old man.
The man, surnamed Xu, was also killed in the bomb blast that he allegedly set off after building an explosive device in his home and detonating it outside the gate of the kindergarten in Fengxian County at around 4:48 pm. that afternoon as parents were waiting to pick up their kids after school.
Police said that Xu had dropped out from school and suffered from autonomic dysfunction, a dysfunction that causes heart and breathing problem. He rented a flat near the kindergarten and worked nearby. Inside the flat, police found that the walls were covered with scrawled words like “death” and “extinction.” They also discovered materials for making an explosive device.
The Washington Post notes that a manifesto which may point to Xu’s motives for the crime was also found, though it is not clear if it was written by him:
“Crime equals giving birth, two people commit a crime, two people die, group commits a crime, group dies, country commits a crime, country dies, ethnic group commits a crime, ethnic group dies, India, China and Bangladesh, none will meet a good end,” read the statement on Xu’s wall.
According to SCMP, as of Sunday, nine victims of the school blast were still fighting for their life in local hospitals with specialists dispatched from Shanghai and Beijing to help them.
You can watch video of the aftermath of the bombing below. Viewer discretion is strongly advised:
While police are confident that Xu was responsible for the blast, an investigation is still ongoing. If a lone, mentally unstable man does turn out to be to blame for the explosion, then this will be the latest in series of disturbing attacks made my troubled individuals against schools in China.
Earlier this decade, a string of vicious stabbings at primary schools across the country caused widespread public concern, as well as rampant speculation about what was behind these attacks. The government pinned the blame on those with mental health problems who were looking for easy targets. With tight restrictions on gun buying in China, assailants used knives and cleavers to carry out their mass attacks on young schoolkids.
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