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In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, investigators work early Friday, June 16, 2017, at the scene of an explosion outside a kindergarten in Fengxian County in eastern China's Jiangsu Province. Several people were killed and dozens more injured in an explosion Thursday at the front gate of the kindergarten in eastern China as relatives were picking up their children at the end of the school day, local officials said. (Li Xiang/Xinhua via AP)

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


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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