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Chinese kindergarten blast that killed 8 being investigated as criminal act

Eight people were killed and about 60 hurt on Thursday in an explosion at a kindergarten in eastern China, according to state media. It's uncertain if any children were among the dead.

Dozens also hurt as parents were picking up children when explosion occurred near school's entrance

Medical workers transport a person injured in an explosion outside a kindergarten into a hospital in Fengxian County in eastern China early Friday local time. (Li Xiang/Xinhua via AP)

Authorities are investigating an explosion at the front gate of a kindergarten in eastern China as a criminal act, while the death toll rose to eight.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Friday that police have identified a suspect in the explosion. It was unclear if anyone was arrested, and no further details were provided.

Dozens were injured in Thursday's blast at the Chuangxin Kindergarten in Fengxian as relatives were picking up their children at the end of the school day.

Xinhua says two people died at the scene and six died after being taken to a hospital. Eight people remained in critical condition.

Authorities say a makeshift bomb was set off outside this kindergarten in eastern China. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)