China parcel blasts: Fresh explosion reported, 1 arrested

  • Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, Beijing
  • Updated: Oct 01, 2015 18:01 IST
Chinese police officers stand at the scene of an explosion in Liucheng county in southern China. (AP)

Police have arrested a 33-year-old man as the suspect behind Wednesday’s serial parcel bomb blasts in a southern Chinese city even as another explosion was reported from a residential building in the same city on Thursday.

At least seven persons were killed in the explosions while two are missing.

At least 13 serial explosions – triggered by 17 explosive devices -- ripped through the Liuzhou city in Liucheng county in the Guanzi autonomous region Wednesday afternoon.

On Thursday, official news agency Xinhua reported that another explosion was reported from an apartment block, damaging the building.

A damaged building is seen a day after a series of blasts in Liucheng county in Liuzhou. (AFP)

One person was reported to be injured in the blast.

Meanwhile, the man arrested for his alleged involvement in Wednesday’s blasts was identified with only one part of his name as Wei.

“They claimed that he had hired other people to deliver express delivery packages with explosive devices concealed inside throughout the county, the Shanghaiist website said.

“The city’s public security political commissioner told reporters that public tip-offs had led to 60 suspicious packages being identified. The city post office has suspended its parcel delivery service until Saturday,” it added.

According to state-controlled, China Daily newspaper, initial investigations revealed that the blasts were triggered by bombs planted in packages that were delivered to various locations like a government office, a prison, a supermarket, bus station and a hospital.

The ministry of public security sent criminal investigators to the scene and said that it was treating the series of explosions as a criminal act, and not terrorism, according to Xinhua.

“Local government officials were quoted as saying that the series of explosions occurred between 3:15pm and 5:30pm,” the newspaper reported.

The local government launched emergency measures and officials and rescue teams rushed to the affected areas. The report added that the local administration of work safety issued a warning to the public to avoid opening such parcels that they might have received recently.

The government has apparently issued instructions to newspapers and television channels only to use the official version of the explosions given by Xinhua and not do their own reporting.

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