At least six persons were killed and more than a dozen injured after a series of letter bombs exploded in a city in southern China, triggering building collapses and overturning cars on Wednesday afternoon.
The serial blasts, said to be at least 15 in number, occurred in the Liuchen county in the Guanxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and targeted local government offices and busy shopping areas.
The explosions occurred in at least 13 locations in a rural county in the Guangxi region, the Nanguo Morning News, a local newspaper, cited police as saying.
The buildings targeted include a government office, a prison and shopping mall.
According to Shanghai Daily, pictures post online showed “a building half-collapsed in Dapu Township. Witnesses also saw vehicles damaged on the road, and there were people injured in the blasts.”
The first explosion was heard around 4pm.
Till late on Wednesday night, state media had released sketchy details about the blasts.
According to state media initial investigations indicated that explosives could have been planted inside express delivery packages.
It wasn’t immediately clear who were behind the blasts.
China has seen terror attacks in recent years, which the government has blamed on Uyghur separatists from the province of Xinjiang.
But China also has a history of violence planned and triggered by citizens disgruntled with the government over civic or judicial issues.
According to AFP, in 2013 a man set off a series of home-made bombs packed with ball-bearings outside a provincial government headquarters in northern China, killing at least one person and wounding eight.
Xinhua said at the time he sought to “take revenge on society”.
“The same year a street vendor set fire to a bus in east China’s Fujian province, killing himself and nearly four dozen passengers in an act of retaliation against local authorities,” the AFP report added.
It wasn’t also clear whether the blasts were timed to coincide with the eve of the week-long national holidays beginning from Thursday. Millions of Chinese travel back home during the holidays, called the “golden week” here.