China Bank Bomb Causes “Significant” Casualties (Updated: 39 Injured, No Deaths)

Xinhua reports that a petrol bomb attack in a Gansu bank has killed and injured dozens (see update below). From Reuters:

“Someone ignited a gasoline bomb at 9 a.m. during an internal meeting at the bank in Tianzhu Tibetan Autonomous County in the city of Wuwei, a witness said on condition of anonymity,” Xinhua said in an English-language report.

“The exact number of casualties were not immediately known, but the witness said he saw some people throwing themselves out of the window of the fourth-floor meeting room, while the injured people, with their bodies being charred, were carried out of the building on stretchers,” it added.

Xinhua did not give details on the number of casualties,nor did it disclose the name of the bank ….

Tianzhu is some 140 km northwest of provincial capital Lanzhou, and is in a part of populated by ethnic Tibetans, though Xinhua did not say whether there was any Tibetan involvement.

Only around a third of Tianzhu’s population is Tibetan, though it was designated a Tibetan autonomous county in August 1950, the first such minority autonomous county in China.

Update: Xinhua reports 39 injured but no one dead.

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