Another ex­plo­sion hits S. Chi­nese city where blasts killed at least 7: author­i­ties


An ex­plo­sion dam­aged a six-story build­ing Thurs­day in south­ern China, less than a day af­ter more than a dozen blasts trig­gered by ex­plo­sive de­vices de­liv­ered in mail pack­ages killed at least seven peo­ple and in­jured over 50 in the same county in south­ern China, main­land Chi­nese of­fi­cials and state media said.

The latest blast hit a civil­ian’s house near a high­way ad­min­is­tra­tion bureau in Li­ucheng in Guangxi re­gion, which borders Viet­nam, but it was not im­me­di­ately known if there were any ca­su­al­ties, ac­cord­ing to the Xin­hua News Agency.

The Min­istry of Public Se­cu­rity said it was treat­ing the blasts on Wed­nes­day as a crim­i­nal act, and not ter­ror­ism. It said a 33-year-old lo­cal man, iden­ti­fied only by his fam­ily name of Wei, was con­sid­ered a sus­pect, but pro­vided no fur­ther de­tails, in­clud­ing a pos­si­ble mo­tive or whether the man had been de­tained. Lo­cal media re­ported that the sus­pect had been ap­pre­hended.

Xin­hua said that the sus­pect had hired oth­ers to help de­liver the bombs.

A lo­cal Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party news­pa­per, the Guangxi Daily, cited po­lice as say­ing there were 17 ex­plo­sions Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon in Li­ucheng, leav­ing seven peo­ple dead, two miss­ing and 51 in­jured.

Po­lice in Li­ucheng said they will hold a news con­fer­ence later Thurs­day.

Wed­nes­day’s ex­plo­sions, which oc­curred be­tween 3:15 p.m. and 5 p.m., hit a hos­pi­tal, lo­cal mar­kets, a shop­ping mall, a bus sta­tion and sev­eral gov­ern­ment build­ings, in­clud­ing a jail and dor­mi­to­ries for gov­ern­ment work­ers, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice state­ment posted by the lo­cal news­pa­per Nan­guo Zaobao.

“There were so many of them, and they were so loud, ev­ery­one in (Li­ucheng) could hear them,” said a ho­tel em­ployee who gave only his fam­ily name, Li. The ho­tel is near a town­ship of­fice build­ing that was hit by one of the ex­plo­sions.

“They sounded like some­one was blast­ing rocks in the moun­tains,” Li said.

Zhou Changqing, the po­lice chief for the city of Li­uzhou, which has ju­ris­dic­tion over Li­ucheng, said the blasts were trig­gered by ex­plo­sive de­vices de­liv­ered in sev­eral mail pack­ages, state broad­caster CCTV re­ported.

A su­per­mar­ket em­ployee said the store was evac­u­ated im­me­di­ately when an ad­ja­cent su­per­mar­ket was hit by an ex­plo­sion.

“All of us heard the blast. It was very loud,” he said by phone.

Photos posted online showed streets filled with smoke, strewn de­bris, dust clouds in the sky and the rub­ble from a five-story build­ing that had par­tially col­lapsed.

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