At least 6 dead in series of explosions in China’s Guangxi province

A damaged building in Guangxi’s Liucheng county, following a series of explosions. (Photo: Shanghai Morning Post)

LIUCHENG: At least six people were killed and dozens injured after at least 15 explosions rocked 13 locations across Liucheng county in the Chinese province of Guangxi on Wednesday (Sep 30) afternoon, reported local media.

The explosions were heard across Liucheng between 3.15pm and 5pm, local paper Nanguo Zao Bao quoted authorities as saying. The blasts hit bus stations, a hospital, a hostel, a grocery market and a government office. Rescue work is underway, reported CCTV.

According to the Director of Liuzhou city’s Public Security Bureau, Zhou Changqing, the blasts were caused by explosive devices in delivery parcels.

Photos posted on Chinese social media platform Weibo showed smoke billowing from a partially collapsed building and overturned vehicles on the streets.

State broadcaster CCTV cited a local police chief as saying the blasts were caused by several different explosive devices, adding that “the case is understood to be a criminal one”.

“Initial investigation showed that explosives could be inside express delivery packages,” it added.

In recent years several disgruntled Chinese citizens have bombed local government offices and public places to try to draw attention to their grievances.

In 2013 a man set off a series of home-made bombs packed with ball-bearings outside a provincial government headquarters in northern China, killing at least one person and wounding eight.

Xinhua said at the time he sought to “take revenge on society”.

The same year a street vendor set fire to a bus in east China’s Fujian province, killing himself and nearly four dozen passengers in an act of retaliation against local authorities.

Legal paths for pursuing justice in China are limited, as courts are subject to political influence and corruption. Citizens who lodge complaints against authorities often find themselves being detained.

Authorities maintain tight control over public security in the one-party state and place huge importance on maintaining social order.