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Deadly blasts hit China's Liucheng county

DAMAGED: A razed residential building after an explosion yesterday, reportedly caused by parcel bombs in China. Seventeen explosions occurred on Wednesday, the eve of China's national day.


    Oct 02, 2015

    Deadly blasts hit China's Liucheng county


    EIGHTEEN parcel explosions over two days killed at least seven and wounded more than 50 in the rural county of Liucheng in southwest China's Guangxi region, state media reported.

    No Singaporeans were hurt in the chain explosion, said a spokesman from the consulate general of Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province which neighbours Guangxi.

    The only blast yesterday - which, like the earlier ones, occurred in Dapu township, Liucheng's county seat - went off in a residential building in the early morning, the Beijing Youth Daily reported.

    The six-storey building, near a local highway administrative bureau, caused "some damage" with "bricks scattered around", the official Xinhua news agency reported.

    There were no immediate reports of injuries in the latest blast.

    The 17 explosions on Wednesday afternoon occurred at multiple locations, including Dapu's government offices, a shopping centre, a prison, a farmers' market, a bus station, a hospital and some residential areas, reported the Beijing Youth Daily.

    Zhou Changqing, the police chief of Liuzhou city - whose jurisdiction includes Liucheng - said the explosions were set off by devices enclosed in express parcels sent by courier service to the various destinations, reported Xinhua.

    Police have classified the explosions as a criminal case but ruled out "terrorist act".

    Police also received reports of more than 60 other suspected parcels and sent bomb disposal experts to handle them, reported Beijing Youth Daily.

    A 33-year-old man, said to be surnamed Wei, was identified as a suspect in the chain bombing, reported BBC yesterday.

    Earlier reports said the man was arrested.

    Photos showed portions of multi-storey buildings gutted and razed, and streets littered with glass, bricks and other debris.

    Wednesday's explosions came on the eve of China's national day, the start of a week-long holiday during which many government offices and businesses close.

    In recent years, disgruntled Chinese have bombed government offices and public places to draw attention to their grievances, said Agence France-Presse.

    In 2013, a man set off a series of homemade bombs packed with ball bearings outside a government headquarters in northern China's Shanxi province, killing at least one person and wounding eight.

    Xinhua said at the time the man sought to "take revenge on society".

    Liucheng, near the Vietnamese border, is home to about 400,000 people and is one of China's poorest regions.