Blasts Kills 1 at China Communist Party HQ

8 hurt in northern China explosions
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 6, 2013 12:13 AM CST
A police officer is framed by the glass window of a vehicle damaged by explosions outside the provincial headquarters of China's ruling Communist Party in Taiyuan in north China's Shanxi province.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – One person was killed and eight injured in a series of small explosions today outside the provincial headquarters of the ruling Communist Party in the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan. Witnesses saw smoke and flames pouring from a minivan and steel ball bearings scattered around the scene of the blast. Official statements posted online gave no information about the presumed target or perpetrators. Security forces are on edge over an attack in Beijing last week in which three people drove through crowds to Tiananmen Gate before setting fire to their vehicle. The Beijing attack has been blamed on Muslim extremist separatists from the restive Xinjiang region.

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