Explosions kill 1, injure 8 in north China city - reports

Reuters

BEIJING, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Several small bombs exploded infront of a Communist Party building in the northern Chinese cityof Taiyuan on Wednesday, killing one person and injuring anothereight, state media said.

The official Xinhua news agency said what appeared to besmall-scale bombs went off outside an office building of theShanxi Provincial Committee of the Communist Party. Taiyuan isthe capital of Shanxi province.

"Judging from the scattering of small metal balls, it issuspected that improvised bombs exploded," the news agency said.

There was no immediate explanation for the attack. But suchincidents are not uncommon in China and underscore thegovernment's worries about stability in the world'ssecond-largest economy, with a widening gap between rich andpoor and growing anger at corruption and environmental issues.

Photos circulated on Chinese social media sites showed smokefilling the wide avenue where the party office is located andvehicles with blown out windows. Emergency trucks were parkedoutside what appeared to be undamaged buildings.

Xinhua cited residents as saying people in the areascattered after as many as seven blasts went off.

The microblog of the official People's Daily newspaper said one person had been killed and another eight were injured,including one person with serious injuries.

The Chinese government blamed Islamists for an attack incentral Beijing last week when a car ploughed through bystanderson the edge of Tiananmen Square and burst into flames, killingthree people in the car and two bystanders.

The incidents come as China ramps up security before topleaders gather on Saturday for a plenum meeting in Beijing todiscuss key reforms.

In 2011, a farmer bombed three government buildings inFuzhou city in Jiangxi province after failing to get redressover seizure of his land. Two people and the farmer were killed.

A 42-year-old farmer with terminal lung cancer detonated ahome-made device aboard a bus in Fujian province in 2005,injuring 31 and killing himself, possibly to protest prohibitivehealthcare costs.

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