At least seven dead in south China explosions, police arrest suspect


Chinese police have arrested a man in connection with explosions at public buildings that killed at least seven people Wednesday in southern China’s Guangxi province, state media reports said.

At least 51 more were injured and two are still missing in the explosions, the official news agency Xinhua reported.

The 15 blasts in the Liucheng area were caused by explosives hidden in parcels, Chinese media reports quoted the local police as saying.

Police say they apprehended a 33-year-old man identified by the surname of Wei, a native of Liucheng county in Guangxi, on suspicion of causing the blasts, Xinhua reported late Wednesday.

Police have not commented on the suspect’s possible motive but have ruled out terrorism, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported.

The explosions occurred between 1:15 pm and 5 pm (0515 and 0900 GMT) near a hospital, a supermarket, a bus station and several government buildings in the Liucheng area, according to CCTV.

Photos by users of the social network Weibo showed a partially collapsed building and rubble lying around. Another photo showed a government building with broken windows.

The Ministry of Public Security has sent criminal investigators to the scene.

Explosives and small bombs are regularly used in response to personal or professional disputes in some parts of China in what state media often refer to as revenge attacks.

Two years ago, a 41-year-old man carried out similar bomb attacks on premises belonging to the Communist Party in the northern city of Taiyuan.

In 2013, a car packed with explosives careered through barriers at Tiananmen Square in Beijing and burst into flames. Five people died in the attack, which the authorities later attributed to Islamist extremists.