L.A. Times – Parcel bombs rock southern Chinese county, killing 7, injuring 50
Explosions rocked a shopping mall, a county government office, a supermarket, a hospital and about a dozen other locations in the southern Chinese county of Liucheng on Wednesday, killing at least seven people and injuring more than 50, local media reports said.
The blasts – which damaged buildings and overturned cars — were apparently caused by parcels that began detonating shortly before 4 p.m., a local police official told state-run China Central Television.
Up to 60 other suspicious packages were identified and were being turned over to the local bomb squad for investigation, state-run media said. Police sent text messages to local residents not to open packages. . . . (more)
Chaos and concern as 7 killed after 15 letter bombs eplodes in China
BEIJING, Oct 1 — Seven people were killed yesterday when 15 letter bombs exploded in southern China, state media said, with blasts reported in multiple locations including government offices.
Police described the blasts, which injured 51 people on the eve of China’s national day, as a “criminal case”, ruling out a “terrorist act”.
They said a 33-year-old local suspect had been arrested but gave no immediate explanations regarding his motive. . .
. . . Pictures showed portions of six-storey buildings gutted and collapsed, and streets littered with glass, bricks and other debris. . . . (more)
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