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5 injured in explosion incident at Shanghai airport

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Allen Cone
A blast caused by home-made explosives injured four people at Pudong Airport in Shanghai, China. The airport is a major cargo hub in the world. File photo by ssguy/Shutterstock
A blast caused by "home-made" explosives injured four people at Pudong Airport in Shanghai, China. The airport is a major cargo hub in the world. File photo by ssguy/Shutterstock

SHANGHAI, June 12 (UPI) -- At least four people were injured Sunday in an explosion at Shanghai Pudong International Airport after which the suspected attacker stabbed himself, security officials said.

The explosion took place at 2:36 p.m. near the Terminal 2 check-in counter, the Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau said in a statement.

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A man removed a homemade explosive device from his backpack and dropped it in front of a check-in counter, the agency said. The device was contained in at least one beer bottle.

After the blast, "the man also took a knife from the backpack and slashed his own throat and fell to the ground," the police said. The man was in grave condition.

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The airport remained open although the affected area was cordoned off.

Four passengers, including a Philippine national, were being treated in a hospital with injuries from shards of glass.

The attack happened as travelers returned home after a public holiday and before Thursday's opening of a Disney theme park in Shanghai.

In 2013, a homemade bomb detonated at Beijing International Airport by a man protesting what he said was retribution after security guards in southern China beat him in 2005, leaving him paralyzed and using a wheelchair. He was sentenced to six years in prison.

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The Shanghai airport opened in 1999 and had 60 million passengers in 2015.

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