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Disabled man detonates bomb in Beijing

Beijing, July 20, 2013, (PTI)
Policemen and security personnel are seen at the arrival gate B where an explosion occurred at the Terminal 3 of Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, July 20, 2013. A loud explosion was heard in Beijing airport's Terminal 3 on Saturday evening, China's official Xinhua news agency reported, citing witnesses. The Sina Weibo microblog of state broadcaster China Central Television said a man detonated a package of black gunpowder used to make firecrackers just outside the international arrivals exit. REUTERS

A man in a wheelchair was injured when he set off an explosion at the Beijing International Airport today.

The explosion was heard in Terminal 3 of the airport at 6:24 pm (local time), witnesses said.

State-run CCTV said the man injured in the blast was 34-year-old Ji Zhongxing from Heze in Shandong Province.

He set off a home-made explosive device packed with gunpowder from fireworks. There were no other casualties.

CCTV did not give details on the man's condition or a possible motive for his action.

Photos posted by several witnesses on micro-blogging site Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, showed the man in the wheelchair waving his arms and holding up a white object before the blast.

Another photo showed several security and cleaning staff attending to a person beside an overturned wheelchair.

Local media reported that the man was rushed to hospital.

Officials said order had been restored after the incident.


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