One person injured after blasts outside Communist Party offices in China

One person was injured and two vehicles damaged in a series of small explosions Wednesday outside the provincial headquarters of the ruling Communist Party in the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan, officials said.

BEIJING — One person was injured and two vehicles damaged in a series of small explosions Wednesday outside the provincial headquarters of the ruling Communist Party in the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan, officials said.

The Shanxi provincial government and police said the blasts struck at about 7:40 a.m. (2340 GMT Tuesday). Official statements posted online gave no information about the presumed target or perpetrators and an official with the party propaganda office, Zhang Lei, said he had no additional information.

The blasts bore the hallmark of a revenge attack by a disgruntled citizen of the type that occasionally takes place around China. Assailants angered at perceived injustices have blown up public buses, stabbed officials and attacked schools.

However, security forces are also on edge over an attack in Beijing last week in which three people drove through crowds to Tiananmen Gate before setting their vehicle alight.

The attack killed five people, including those inside the vehicle, and two tourists, and has been blamed on Muslim extremist separatists from the restive Xinjiang region.

The official Xinhua News Agency quoted an eyewitness, Liu Guoliang, as saying smoke and flames were seen pouring from a minivan. Xinhua said its own reporter saw steel ball bearings scattered around the scene of the blast.

Photos from the scene blast Wednesday showed the broad street in front of the headquarters building closed off and fire trucks, ambulances and police vehicles parked in the area. One showed a man lying on the ground, but there were no obvious signs of an explosion having taken place.

Taiyuan is the provincial capital of mountainous Shanxi, which lies to the west of Beijing in China’s gritty coal belt. Demand for the fuel has created vast fortunes for mine owners, but many in the province still live in poverty.

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