Explosion Reported in Beijing Airport

Chinese state media are reporting that a man in a wheelchair was injured after setting off a homemade explosive device in Beijing’s international airport today. From the Guardian:

The man detonated an apparently homemade device near one of the exits in Terminal 3 of the airport at around 6.24pm local time, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

No one besides the man was injured and order has been restored. The news agency showed several medical workers providing emergency treatment, with police officers also at the scene.

Photos posted on China‘s Weibo microblogging site showed a dark-haired man waving a white package in the air before the blast. [Source]

State-run CCTV identified the man as Ji Zhongxing from Shandong province, according to the Associated Press. A witness told Reuters that things returned to normal about 90 minutes after the blast, while an airport spokeswoman would not speculate on the man’s motive.


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