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Explosions outside Chinese government regional HQ leave one dead, eight injured

Eight small explosions were heard by those in the area, which state media is reporting were caused by home-made bombs.

Residents gather near the site of the explosions.
Residents gather near the site of the explosions.
Image: AP Photo

SEVERAL SMALL EXPLOSIONS have killed one person and injured eight others outside the provincial headquarters of the ruling Communist Party in the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan, officials said.

No word has been given on the target or perpetrators of the blasts, which state media said were caused by homemade bombs.

The explosions come during heightened security following a suicide car crash at Tiananmen Gate in Beijing that killed the car’s three occupants and two bystanders. Officials are calling it an act of terrorism committed by Muslim militants from western China.

The Shanxi provincial government and police said today’s blasts occurred at about 7.40am local time (11.40pm GMT). The official Xinhua News Agency cited unidentified police sources as describing the explosives as improvised bombs, although police spokesmen declined to confirm that information.

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Smoke rising after the explosions (AP Photo/Xinhua, Liu Guoliang)

One of the injured was listed in serious condition. A bus and several other vehicles had their windows blown out or suffered other damage.

A street cleaner interviewed on state television said the explosives were planted in flower beds in two separate locations and that eight blasts were heard in all.

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A vehicle damaged by the explosion. (AP Photo)

Footage showed the blast scene littered with nails and steel balls of various sizes, apparently packed into the bombs to cause maximum damage and injury. Blood stains were visible on the sidewalk and on the door of a damaged SUV.

Xinhua quoted a witness, Liu Guoliang, as saying smoke and flames were seen pouring from a minivan.

Taiyuan is the provincial capital of mountainous Shanxi, which lies to the west of Beijing in China’s gritty coal belt. Demand for the fuel has created vast fortunes for mine owners, but many in the province still live in poverty.

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