Tuesday 21 November 2017

Explosions targeting public buildings kill at least six people in southern China

People look on after explosions hit Liucheng county, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
People look on after explosions hit Liucheng county, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
An overturned car is seen after explosions hit Liucheng county, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
A man takes pictures after explosions hit Liucheng county, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
Police cordon off an area near a hospital after explosions hit Liucheng county, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
A vehicle is seen damaged after explosions hit Liucheng county, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
A damaged building is seen after explosions hit Liucheng county, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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A series of explosions targeting public buildings in a small city in southern China have killed at least six people and injured dozens more.

The official Xinhua News Agency said there were 15 blasts in Liucheng county in the southern region of Guangxi and that six people were killed.

The city government of Liuzhou, which oversees Liucheng, said the explosions also injured 13 people, although later reports by state media said dozens were injured.

The blasts hit a hospital, local markets, a shopping centre, a bus station and several government buildings - including a jail and a township office building, according to a police statement posted by the local newspaper Nanguo Zaobao.

A vehicle is seen damaged after explosions hit Liucheng county, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
A vehicle is seen damaged after explosions hit Liucheng county, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Liuzhou's police chief said the blasts were triggered by explosive devices delivered in several mail packages, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

The police chief said the case was under investigation. He did not name any suspects or offer any motive for the explosions.

A damaged building is seen after explosions hit Liucheng county, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
A damaged building is seen after explosions hit Liucheng county, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Photos posted online showed smoke in local streets, strewn debris, dust clouds in the sky and the collapse of a five-story building.

Police cordon off an area near a hospital after explosions hit Liucheng county, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
Police cordon off an area near a hospital after explosions hit Liucheng county, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

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