Explosions kill 7, injure dozens
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
Zhang Yan contributed to this story. Contact the writer at hena@ chinadaily.com.cn
Onlookers survey the damage at one of the sites where suspected package bombs exploded on Wednesday in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.