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Explosions in north China kill 1, injure 8

Explosions likely caused by homemade bombs detonated near a Communist Party office in northern China Wednesday morning, killing at least one person and injuring eight others.

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Gabrielle Levy
(Twitter/Fengsuo Zhou)
(Twitter/Fengsuo Zhou)

(UPI) -- Explosions likely caused by homemade bombs detonated near a Communist Party office in northern China Wednesday morning, killing at least one person and injuring eight others.

Police in Shanxi province said the explosions occurred around 7:40 a.m. local time in Taiyun, damaging two cars, and scattering ball bearings that appeared to have come from inside the improvised explosive devices, according to the state news agency Xinhua.

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Security forces throughout China have been on high alert since an incident in Tiananmen Square on October 28, in which a vehicle barreled through a crowd and caught fire, killing two people as well as the three occupants of the truck. That crash has since been called a terrorist attack, blamed by officials on the Uighur Muslim separatist movement.

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