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17 Explosions Occurred in Rapid Succession Prior to China’s National Day

On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 17 explosions rocked Liucheng County, Liuzhou City, Guangxi Province. At least 7 people died in the explosions. It was confirmed that 51 people were injured and 2 people are missing. BBC Chinese reported on the casualty information, which was based on a recent Liuzhou local Police Press Conference about the bombings. The Liuzhou public security bureau released the information that the explosions occurred in many locations including a town government building, a prison, a shopping mall, a railway station, a supermarket, a hospital, a dormitory of the animal husbandry bureau, a farmers market, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The series of rapid blasts may have been caused by parcel bombs. So far, the police have found over 60 suspicious parcel packages.

According to Radio Free Asia (RFA), within about two hours on the afternoon of September 30, 2015, Beijing time, parcel explosions occurred in more than a dozen places. The explosions were caused by explosive devices wrapped inside express parcels. The Chinese authorities announced through Xinhua News Agency that this is a criminal case. The suspect is a 33-year-old man surnamed Wei who lives in Dapu town, Liucheng County. 

An RFA reporter phoned the Liuzhou City government for information, the operator asked the reporter to call the Liucheng County propaganda office. However, the Liucheng County propaganda office refused to share any information. The Liucheng County Public Security Bureau also refused RFA’s interview request. When a hospital received RAF’s telephone query, the person who answered the phone was in a panic and hung up the phone immediately before the reporter could ask any questions.  

Li Jianghan, a human rights activist, told RFA that he believes that the series of explosions must have been purposely arranged prior to China’s National Day (October 1st).

Sources: BBC Chinese & Radio Free Asia Chinese, September 30, 2015