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Explosions in North China City From Small Bombs Kill 1, Injure 8

Image: Explosions in North China City From Small Bombs Kill 1, Injure 8 Residents gather near the site of multiple explosions in Taiyuan.

By Michael Mullins   |   Wednesday, 06 Nov 2013 08:05 AM

Bomb explosions in a north China city killed one person and injured at least eight others Wednesday.

According to China's state-run media, the Xinhua news agency, the bombings occurred in the city of Taiyuan – the capital of the Shanxi province, which is known for its coal mining exports, Reuters reported.

The series of small bombs were detonated in front of Shanxi's Provincial Committee of the Communist Party building in Taiyuan, which is located approximately 250 miles southwest of Beijing.

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"Judging from the scattering of small metal balls, it is suspected that improvised bombs exploded," the news agency said.

The explosions, which went off at approximately 7:40 a.m. local time, reportedly sent people scrambling blocks away from where it occurred, however the building itself was apparently not damaged in the blast.

No one has taken responsibility for the bombings, and authorities have yet to provide a possible motivation for the attack.

Politically-motivated acts of violence however are reportedly not uncommon in China, due to the apparent ever-widening gap between the Communist nation's rich and poor and the consistent environmental conditions the plague the populace.

There were some who expressed support for the bombings online.

The Los Angeles Times reported that one Chinese activist calling himself Jian Alan Huang wrote on a blog, "It was a targeted attack on the Communist mafia. This should not be considered terrorism. The guy should be considered a national hero."

The bombing comes at a time when China is ramping up its security in Beijing in advance of a meeting between the nation's leaders concerning potential key reforms, Reuters noted.

Last week, a car engulfed in flames ploughed through pedestrians on the edge of Beijing's Tiananmen Square killing three and wounding several others. The Chinese government subsequently characterized the incident as a terrorist attack carried out by Muslim extremists.

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There is a small, but growing, Muslim population primarily in China's northwest region belonging to the Uyghur ethnic minority that has in the past used violence to oppose actions by the Chinese government. China.

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