Ex­plo­sions kill 7, in­jure dozens

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By HUO YAN in Nan­ning and HE NA in Bei­jing

Seven peo­ple were killed and two were miss­ing on Wed­nes­day af­ter 17 sus­pected pack­age bombs ex­ploded in south­ern China’s Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion, Xin­hua News Agency re­ported, with blasts re­ported in more than a dozen lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment of­fices.

More than 50 peo­ple were in­jured by the ex­plo­sions. The blasts ap­par­ently were trig­gered by de­vices placed in­side ex­press de­liv­ery pack­ages, Xin­hua said of the ex­plo­sions, which oc­curred on the eve of China’s Na­tional Day hol­i­day.

The Min­istry of Public Se­cu­rity sent crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tors to the scene and said that it was treat­ing the se­ries of ex­plo­sions as a crim­i­nal act, and not ter­ror­ism, ac­cord­ing to Xin­hua.

Xin­hua also quoted lo­cal po­lice as say­ing that they are look­ing for a 33-year-old sus­pect from Dapu town­ship sur­named Wei.

Five vic­tims died at the scene, and one died at a hos­pi­tal, ac­cord­ing to Xin­hua.

The ex­plo­sions oc­curred in at least 13 lo­ca­tions in ru­ral Li­ucheng, in­clud­ing a busi­ness trade mall, a prison, a gov­ern­ment build­ing in Dapu town­ship, a su­per­mar­ket, a bus sta­tion and a hos­pi­tal, ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal news­pa­per Nan­guo Morn­ing News and sources from the Li­ucheng county public se­cu­rity bureau.

Lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials were quoted as say­ing that the se­ries of ex­plo­sions oc­curred be­tween 3:15 pm and 5:30 pm.

State broad­caster CCTV quoted a lo­cal po­lice chief as say­ing that the blasts were caused by sev­eral dif­fer­ent

ex­plo­sive de­vices.

Zhang Yan con­trib­uted to this story. Con­tact the writer at hena@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

On­look­ers sur­vey the dam­age at one of the sites where sus­pected pack­age bombs ex­ploded on Wed­nes­day in the Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

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