15 massive blasts in Guangxi, China: At least 6 killed, 13 injured, police blame explosive parcels
At least six people were killed and dozens injured after parcels containing explosives caused massive explosions in Liucheng county and Liuzhou city, in China's north-central Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, CCTV reported. A suspect has been identified.
Up to 15 explosions were heard across the city between 3.15pm and 5pm.
Of those killed, five were certified dead at the blast sites, and one died after being rescued.
#UPDATE At least three killed, 13 injured in Wednesday's explosions in Liuzhou, Guangxi pic.twitter.com/1MTVjwUKcI— CCTVNEWS (@cctvnews) September 30, 2015
The locations included a shopping mall, a prison, a county government office, a supermarket, a transport station, a hospital, a staff dormitory of animal husbandry, a vegetable market, and a disease control center.
Police chief: Parcels containing explosives cause massive explosions in several different places in Liuzhou, Guangxi pic.twitter.com/nhZkxHWuxY— CCTVNEWS (@cctvnews) September 30, 2015
Local authorities activated an emergency alert, saying the explosions were triggered by parcel bombs. They called on the public not to open any parcels.
Web users post photos of a partly collapsed building in Guangxi following explosions; cause of blasts still unknown pic.twitter.com/up0rnbstuF— CCTVNEWS (@cctvnews) September 30, 2015
The suspect has reportedly been identified as a 33-year-old man from Liucheng county with the surname of Wei, Channel News Asia correspondent Jeremy Koh stated on Twitter.
Suspect in #Liucheng blasts reportedly identified; 33-year-old man surnamed Wei from Liucheng county #Guangxi— Jeremy Koh (@JeremyKohCNA) September 30, 2015
He added that the incident was apparently provoked by a medical dispute, and that the suspect wanted to take revenge on society.
Blasts in #Guangxi said to have arisen from medical dispute; suspect said to have wanted to take revenge on society— Jeremy Koh (@JeremyKohCNA) September 30, 2015
#BREAKING Rescue work underway after series of explosions in Liucheng county, China's Guangxi on Wednesday (Xinhua) pic.twitter.com/R4PTLxlj6m— CCTVNEWS (@cctvnews) September 30, 2015