7 killed by mul­ti­ple China let­ter bombs: state media

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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.”

AP

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.

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