China explosion death toll rises to 15, police detain 8 suspects

Jan. 14, 2014 at 12:15 AM

BEIJING, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Chinese authorities Tuesday arrested eight people after an explosion in a village in southwestern China killed 15 people, police said.

The explosion occurred Monday afternoon on a remote mountain slope at Laoshan village in Guizhou province, Xinhua News Agency reported.

At least eight more people were injured, all reported in stable condition.

Police said an initial investigation showed the victims had gathered at the site to gamble.

Those arrested include three who surrendered, the news agency said.

The cause of the blast was being investigated by local police and a team from the Chinese Ministry of Public Security.

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