Fired Employee Bombs China Bank
Dozens injured as people jump through fifth-floor window to escape
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 13, 2011 8:01 AM CDT
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, an injured person is carried into an ambulance in Tianzhu County, northwest China's Gansu Province, Friday, May 13, 2011.   (Lu Jianfeng)
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(Newser) – A bank cashier fired for stealing money threw a gasoline bomb inside the bank today in northwestern China, injuring dozens of people, some of whom jumped from a fifth-story window to escape, the local government said. Employees of the Tianzhu County Rural Credit Cooperative Union were meeting about 8am when the employee threw the gasoline bomb, the propaganda office of the county's Communist Party said in a statement.

More than 40 people were hurt, 19 seriously; some of the injured jumped from the meeting room window onto a three-story building. The statement identified the cashier as Yang Xianwen and said he was fired last month for "embezzling bank money." It said Yang fled the scene and is being hunted by police.