BEIJING — A homemade bomb outside a school in the southern city of Guilin killed at least two people and injured 17 Monday, many of them children, according to state news media reports.
The two who died in the explosion were adults, a man and a woman, according to the microblog of China Central Television, the main state television network. Of the injured, 10 were children who attended the school, which had both elementary and secondary grades.
The man who died was apparently the bomber, official news reports said. The bomb was in a three-wheel bicycle.
Witness accounts on microblogs said the blast shattered windows at the seventh floor or higher of nearby buildings.
Liu Yuping, deputy director of a local hospital, told China News Service that a 10-year-old boy’s leg had been severed by the explosion.
The attack, which took place at 7:10 a.m., was certain to raise more questions among parents about security conditions at schools. In 2010, a series of seemingly unrelated school attacks, some fatal, by people armed with knives and other household objects stunned parents across China. In one case, a man attacked children with a hammer, then set fire to himself.