May 26 (Bloomberg) — Explosions went off at or near three government buildings today in the Chinese city of Fuzhou, Jiangxi province, according to a government website. At least five people were injured and a disgruntled farmer was suspected of triggering the blasts, the official Xinhua News agency said.
The first explosion occurred at a parking lot at an office responsible for prosecutions and investigations, according to a report on a website run by the local propaganda office. Another took place inside an administration building and the third near a food and drug administration office. The blasts took place between 9:18 a.m. and 9:45 a.m., the report said.
A witness speaking on condition of anonymity said most of the windows of the prosecutors’ office were shattered and a Volkswagen AG Santana sedan was destroyed, Xinhua reported, adding that at least 10 vehicles were damaged. Xinhua, citing a local government official it did not name, said a local farmer in the eastern Chinese province was suspected of setting off the blasts out of “resentment.”
The total number of casualties is still not known, Xinhua said. The number of so-called mass incidents in China –strikes, protests, and riots — is on the rise as income gaps widen. Sun Liping, a professor of sociology at Beijing’s Tsinghua University, said in a Feb. 25 article in the Economic Observer that the number of mass incidents in China doubled from 2006, rising to at least 180,000 cases in 2010.
Earlier this week, hundreds of ethnic Mongolians in northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region protested outside a local government building after a herder was reportedly hit and killed by a coal-mining truck driving across grazing land, according to the U.S.-based Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center.
A former employee threw a gasoline bomb into a rural bank two weeks ago in an autonomous Tibetan region of northwestern Gansu Province, injuring more than 40 people, the local government said at the time.