By Matthew KNIGHT
The blast that killed eight people and injured dozens outside a kindergarten in eastern China was triggered by a makeshift bomb whose maker was among the dead, authorities said Friday.
The public security ministry said in a statement that the suspect was a 22-year-old man with health problems who rented a room near the kindergarten in Fengxian, where Thursday's blast occurred.
Police found material to make a homemade explosive device at the apartment, which had the words "die", "death" and "destroy" written on the wall.
The statement said the man, surnamed Xu, suffered from dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system, a disorder that can cause heart and blood pressure problems. He had dropped out of school but was employed.
The motive was not immediately known and police did not say whether the kindergarten was the target.
The explosion in Jiangsu province left victims bleeding and weeping, with images posted on state media showing some had their clothes torn off by the force of the explosion.
A survivor told broadcaster CCTV from her hospital bed that the school gate had just opened for kids to leave, though none had come out when the fireball erupted.
The woman, who was holding a baby during the interview as she sat on her bed, said she blacked out and only woke up while being treated.
The Fengxian county government said class had not yet been dismissed and that no teachers or students were among the casualties.
At least eight people were killed and 65 injured, including eight seriously, according to authorities. Two died at the site of the explosion and six while being treated.
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