Two dead, six injured in China blasts: Report

China sees thousands of protests each year, but bomb attacks are rare.

Last Updated: May 26, 2011, 14:31 PM IST

Beijing: Two people were killed and six others injured in a series of explosions that struck government buildings in eastern China`s Jiangxi province on Thursday, state media said, citing an official.

Xinhua said the three explosions in the city of Fuzhou were carried out by a disgruntled local resident who was angry over a legal case currently being reviewed by authorities.

One body was retrieved from a district government office. Another person who was injured in the same blast later died in hospital, Xinhua said.

The explosions went off in the city of Fuzhou at roughly 10-minute intervals shortly after 9:00 am (0100 GMT), an official with the provincial propaganda department surnamed Zhang said.

The first was a car explosion in the parking garage of the city prosecutor`s office, the second occurred on the first floor of a district government office, and the last was a car blast next to the city`s food and drug agency, he said.

The incident is likely to add to official fears over possible public unrest stemming from a range of grievances, with soaring inflation topping the list.

China sees thousands of protests and other public disturbances each year, often linked to anger over official corruption, government abuses and the illegal seizure of land for development. But bomb attacks are extremely rare.

At least 10 vehicles were damaged in the explosions, which also shattered windows in the buildings, Xinhua said.

The news agency added that the prosecutors` office and the Linchuan district government office are located just minutes apart.

Pictures posted on the Twitter-like microblog account of the official China News Service showed a white plume of smoke towering over crowds of onlookers.

Jiangxi is overwhelmingly populated by the country`s dominant Han ethnic group, unlike other areas such as Tibet and Xinjiang with significant minority populations that have seen violent unrest.

More than 40 people were injured earlier this month when a disgruntled former employee set off a petrol bomb at a bank in a Tibetan-inhabited region of northwest China, according to authorities.

Bureau Report