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Another explosion rocks southwest China in wake of parcel bombs

Liucheng county was rocked by another explosion this morning, the latest in a string of 17 blasts which have so far killed seven and injured 51 in the autonomous region of Guangxi in China.

This morning’s explosion, which struck Building 5 of the Fuyuan No. 1 residential community at 8 a.m., follows a series of deadly parcel bombs which shook the county between 3:15 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. the day before.

Guangxi explosion

The explosion struck a building at 8 a.m. Photo: Weibo.

A local resident reported being awoken by the blast and seeing debris fall from the building’s roof. No casualties have yet been announced.

Thursday morning blast in Guangxi

The blast caused debris to fall from the roof of this building in Guangxi. Photo: Weibo.

Police announced Wednesday evening that the suspected coordinator of the attacks, a 33-year-old local man surnamed Wei who hired others to deliver the explosives, had already been apprehended. His motives are not yet known. It is not yet known whether he was connected to the latest blast as well.

Authorities in the nearby prefecture-level city of Liuzhou say the local postal service will halt the delivery of parcels until October 3.

Thursday marks China’s National Day, a public holiday celebrating Mao Zedong’s proclamation of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949.

Another explosion rocks southwest China in wake of parcel bombs