Street vendors hired by the suspect behind the serial blasts in a south China city delivered the parcels packed with explosives, triggering the 13 explosions that killed seven people and injured more than a dozen on Wednesday.
Details about the blasts that occurred in the Liucheng county in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region like the motive continue to be sketchy; the official news agency Xinhua continues to tightly control the flow of information.
The 33 –year-old suspect has been identified as Wei Yinyong, and no details have been shared about why he planned and carried out the blasts.
State media has reported that Wei worked at a quarry in the same county.
A report in the state-run China Daily said the police have said it was a premeditated act and the suspect had carefully planned it.
But authorities have also said it was not an “act of terror” though a lot of prior planning went behind the act was carried out.
“According to the Liuzhou police, the suspect, 33-year-old Liucheng native Wei Yinyong, hired street vendors to deliver express mail packages containing explosives. The devices exploded when the parcels were opened,” the newspaper said.
It reported: “Some of the bombs were placed in location in advance and then detonated remotely, such as the device that wrecked the dormitory of the Animal Husbandry Bureau in Liucheng, killing four people and injuring many others.”
“It was a premeditated and planned criminal act, aimed at creating public panic during the holiday,” Dai Peng, director of the Criminal Investigation College at the People’s Public Security University of China told the China Daily.
The Ministry of Public Security told state media it was treating the explosions as criminal acts, and emphasised that it had ruled out terrorism as a motive.
If that turns out to be true, then it is likely to emerge that Wei had a deep grievance against the government and possibly against society in general.
China has a history of such cases. In some of the earlier cases, the accused have been sent to mental institutions. But in this case, the degree of planning that seems to have gone behind the explosions, the suspect Wei seems to have been aware of exactly what he wanted.