A six-story building was damaged in southern China on Thursday, less than a day after more than a dozen bombings triggered by explosives delivered in postal packages, state media reported.
The latest bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a highway administration office in Luzhou, Guangxi, bordering Vietnam, but no casualties were reported, the official Xinhua news agency said.
The Ministry of Public Security on Wednesday said it considered the bombings a crime and not terrorism. The 33-year-old local man, identified only by his surname Wei, was considered a suspect, but did not provide further details, including the possible motive or whether the person was detained. Local media reported that the suspect had been arrested.
Xinhua said the suspect hired others to deliver the bombs.
The local Communist Party newspaper Guangxi Daily quoted police as saying that there had been 17 bombings in Liucheng on Wednesday afternoon, killing seven people, leaving two missing and injuring 51 others.
The blasts, which occurred between 3:15 pm and 5 pm on Wednesday, hit several government buildings, including a hospital, local markets, a shopping mall, a bus station and a prison and dormitory for government employees, police said. Local newspaper Nanguo Zaobao.
“There were many of them, they were so loud, (in Liucheng) everyone could hear them,” said a hotel employee, who changed his family name to Li. The hotel is near a township office building that was damaged by the blast.
“It sounded like someone was exploding rocks in the mountains,” Li said.
According to state broadcaster CCTV, the bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a police station in Liuzhou.