CHINA

Pictures show aftermath of bomb attacks in northern China

 At least one person has been killed after a series of bombs packed with ball bearings exploded in northern China. The blasts happened outside the local headquarters of the ruling Communist Party in the town of Taiyuan in Shanxi province, injuring at least eight other people. Chinese state media is reporting that the devices appear to have been homemade, but there’s still no word on the motive behind the attack.

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At least one person has been killed after a series of bombs packed with ball bearings exploded in northern China on Wednesday. The blasts happened outside the local headquarters of the ruling Communist Party in the town of Taiyuan in Shanxi province, injuring at least eight other people. Chinese state media is reporting that the devices appear to have been homemade, but there’s still no word on the motive behind the attack.

 

Tensions are already high in China. The blasts come just days after a car ploughed into a crowd in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, starting a fire that killed five people. The authorities were quick to label the incident ‘an act of terrorism’, pointing the finger at a little-known militant group called the ‘East Turkestan Islamic Movement’ without giving any further details. The alleged group has not claimed responsibility.

 

Photos and videos posted on social media show a plume of thick smoke rising into the air. These photos were taken by witnesses and uploaded onto social networking websites following the blasts.

 

Photo taken Wednesday by Wei Yufei.

 

Photo uploaded onto the social network site Weibo.

 

Several Weibo users posted pictures showing ball bearings and fragments of metal shrapnel scattered on the ground near the site of the explosions, supporting the notion put forward by Chinese authorities that the bombs were homemade. Many users remarked that the ball bearings were surprisingly large.

 

Photo posted on the social network site Weibo. User added the comment: “The steel balls in the explosion are so big.”

 

Photo posted on the social network site Weibo. User commented: “A steel ball found at the site of the explosion.”

 

Other Weibo users posted pictures of blood splattered on the ground along with shards of debris. Many images appeared to show glass windows riddled with holes and shattered by the force of the debris.

 

Photo posted onto social networking site Weibo. User posted: "Windows of the bus passing-by were shattered."

 

This image shows the damage caused to a car window by the force of a fragment of debris, presumably a ball-bearing given the size of the hole.

 

Photo posted on social network site Weibo. User goes on to specify: “This photo shows a vehicle window smashed by the explosion, in the parking lot of Tangdu Hotel near the site [of the bomb attacks].”

 

One picture circulating on social media appears to show the body of a man lying next to a car, through FRANCE 24 was unable to independently verify the image.

 

Article written by France 24 journalist Andrew Hilliar.