Nov 07, 2013

    Blasts outside China provincial party HQ


    A NUMBER of bombs packed with ball bearings exploded outside a provincial headquarters of China's ruling Communist Party yesterday, killing at least one person days after a fiery attack in Tiananmen Square.

    Police and state media gave no possible motive for the blasts in Taiyuan, capital of the northern province of Shanxi.

    Disgruntled citizens have staged several incidents in the country in recent years.

    The bombings came a little over a week after a fatal car crash described by the authorities as a "terrorist attack" at the symbolic heart of the Chinese state, and days ahead of a highly anticipated meeting of top party leaders in Beijing this weekend, at which broad economic reforms are expected to be on the agenda.

    "There were several explosions caused by small explosive devices near the party provincial commission in Taiyuan," local police said on a verified social-media account.

    Eight "explosive sounds" were heard, the official Xinhua news agency said, adding that police "discovered ball bearings and explosive devices made using electric circuit boards" at the scene.

    The street where the explosions happened was the scene of a protest by some 200 laid-off workers last week, according to microblog postings.

    Pictures posted on China's hugely popular Weibo social network showed vehicle doors peppered with small dents, and tyres with holes punched through them.