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City official: fatal Kunming bus blasts “not terrorism”

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Do you know the authorities claimed it was actually terrorism? Well, err, not anymore:

bus hit by an explosion is seen in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, July 21, 2008. Two people were killed and 14 others injured in two separate explosions on public buses in downtown Kunming on Monday morning. bus hit by an explosion is seen in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, July 21, 2008. Two people were killed and 14 others injured in two separate explosions on public buses in downtown Kunming on Monday morning.  (Xinhua Photo)

Police still had no clues to the backgrounds of suspects and were investigating the case, said Du, also the Kunming Public Security Bureau chief.

The explosions occurred on two Route 54 buses during Monday’s morning rush hour in Kunming. One blast was on West Renmin Road at 7:10 a.m., while the second was at the nearby intersection of Changyuan Road and West Renmin Road at 8:05 a.m.

“This is the worst case that has occurred in Kunming in 30 years,” Du said.

In a local rumor going around two to three hours prior to the blasts, some residents had received a text warning message saying “Citizens who receive this message are advised not to ride the buses of routes 54, 64 and 84 the next morning.”

“In fact, there was no such a text message,” Du said.

City official: fatal Kunming bus blasts “not terrorism”_English_Xinhua.

The other thing is that there were three people killed: El Corriere reports there were three people killed in the explosion:
Vittime e feriti dopo le esplosioni su tre autobus a Kunming, capoluogo della provincia dello Yunnan, Cina. Sale l'allarme a tre settimane dall'inizio delle Olimpiadi di Pechino (Reuters)

The place of the explosions after the attack, courtesy of Italian newspaper Il Corriere (Reuters)

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Written by Claudia

July 24, 2008 at 8:31 pm

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