7 killed by multiple China letter bombs: state media
Seven people were killed on Wednesday when 15 suspected letter bombs exploded in southern China, state media said, while separate reports said that the police have taken a 33-year-old male suspect into custody.
Dozens more were injured by the explosives apparently placed in express delivery packages, Xinhua News Agency, with blasts reported in more than 10 locations including government offices on the eve of mainland China’s national day.
The explosions occurred in at least 13 locations in a rural county in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the Nanguo Morning News, a local newspaper, cited police as saying.
They included a prison, a government office and a shopping center, it said.
Pictures posted online, which could not be verified, showed portions of six-story buildings gutted and collapsed, and streets littered with glass, bricks and other debris.
Other photos showed overturned cars, victims bandaged and on makeshift stretchers and plumes of gray smoke rising above a residential district.
State broadcaster CCTV quoted a local police chief as saying the blasts were caused by several different explosive devices, adding that “the case is understood to be a criminal one.”
The blasts occurred at the seat of Liucheng County and surrounding areas, said Xinhua, which initially reported three dead.
It said rescue workers had rushed to the scene.
“Initial investigation showed that explosives could be inside express delivery packages,” it added.
In recent years several disgruntled Chinese citizens have bombed local government offices and public places to try to draw attention to their grievances.
In 2013 a man set off a series of homemade bombs packed with ball-bearings outside a provincial government headquarters in north- ern China, killing at least one person and wounding eight.
Xinhua said at the time he sought to “take revenge on society.”
Men gather near the site of a residential building that partially collapsed by what police are describing as explosive devices delivered in mail packages in Liucheng County in China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Wednesday, Sept. 30.