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Police said they 'targeted' a suspect in the explosion outside of a Chinese kindergarten

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UPDATE  8:52 p.m. EST:

A suspect has been identified in an explosion that erupted at the front gate of a kindergarten in eastern China that killed eight, the Associated Press reported. Police were investigating the explosion as a criminal act and say they had "targeted" a suspect.

It remains unclear if the suspect was detained, and no potential motive was provided.

ORIGINAL STORY: Seven people were killed and more that 50 people were injured on Thursday in a deadly explosion at a kindergarten in eastern China,  according to Chinese state media.

Authorities have not stated what caused the deadly blast. 


The state broadcaster CCTV reported  that the blast occurred in the afternoon at the Chuangxin Kindergarten in Fengxian county. The blast immediately killed two people and five later succumbed to their injuries. Dozens are in critical condition. 

People have gone on the Chinese social media site Weibo -- the country's equivalent of Twitter -- and posted unverified images and videos of the incident.  

In one video posted on Weibo a man tried what he is seeing at the site and screamed, “Now they are carrying out dead bodies!”

People's Daily, a newspaper group in China tweeted a photo.

Some took the news hard.

Others offered condolences.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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