China school explosion kills two: official

BEIJING: An explosion outside a primary school in China killed two people and injured 17 others on Monday, state-run media and a local official said.

The explosion in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in the south, occurred as a motorcycle passed the school gate while children were arriving for classes, China’s official Xinhua news agency said.

“First, the motorcycle caught fire and then exploded with a tremendous noise that could be heard from far, far away,” a witness told Xinhua.

The cause of the explosion was not clear.

A man and a woman were killed immediately and the injured, who include 10 students, were taken to hospital, Xinhua said.

Pictures posted online showed the mangled remains of a tricycle on the ground and a motorcycle in flames outside the school, while several people sat on the ground bleeding.

A local official in Lingchaun County, where the explosion occurred, confirmed the toll without offering further details.