11/06/2013, 00.00
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Explosions in Taiyuan, outside the Communist Party headquarters. One dead and eight injured

by Wang Zhicheng
Bombs were homemade. The incident takes place about a week after attack in Tiananmen Square , attributed to a Uyghurs "terrorist " group. Tension mounts on the eve of the Third Plenum. In Taiyuan a disciplinary committee of the party is investigating several incidents of corruption.

Beijing ( AsiaNews) - A series of explosions outside the headquarters of the Chinese Communist Party headquarters in Taiyuan (Shanxi ) killed one person and injured eight others . Police found metal balls, wires and small battery circuits and thinks that the bombs - at least 7 according to witnesses - were handmade and placed in the flower beds in front of the headquarters of the party. At least 20 cars up to 100 meters away, were damaged in the explosion. The police are investigating and making no assumptions for now.

The attack takes place about a week after another attack in Tiananmen Square in Beijing which the government has attributed to a group "terrorist" of Uyghur Muslims. Further fuelling tension is the approaching Third Plenum of the Communist Party, November 9 to 12 , where the leadership is expected to launch several economic reforms that could damage the monopolies of SOEs .

In the past there have been attacks perpetrated by individuals against buildings of power to criticize injustices.

Some suggest the attack could have be a settling of accounts within the Communist Party of Shanxi itself: last week Party members arrived in Taiyuan to open an investigation into possible corruption in the finances of Shanxi Province. There are so many allegations of corruption that the Party's Central Inspection Commission for Discipline has asked people not to block the work of the inspectors with their petitions.


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