Bomb blasts kill 1, injure 8 in China's Shanxi province

Bomb blasts kill 1, injure 8 in China's Shanxi province

CHINA - The blast occurred in front of the office building of the Shanxi Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China

A number of homemade bombs exploded near the office building of Shanxi province's top Party committee on Wednesday morning, leaving one dead and eight injured.

One of the eight was seriously wounded, Xinhua News Agency reported.

The blast occurred at around 7:40am in front of the office building of the Shanxi Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China on Yingze Street in Taiyuan.

Witnesses said explosives were also detonated at the west entrance to the committee's dormitory area, where some officials of the committee and their family members live.

Ball bearings and circuit boards were found scattered at the scene. Police said this indicated the bombs were homemade.

How many bombs exploded is unknown.

While some media reports said eight explosions were heard, a China Daily reporter based in Taiyuan heard four or five blasts during a five- to 10-minute period.

The provincial public security department sent an explosive ordnance disposal team to the scene, and no other explosives were discovered.

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