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Two die, six hurt in China blasts


Two people have died and at least six have been injured in three explosions that went off within half an hour of each other outside government buildings in a southern China city, state media said.

A car bomb exploded outside the prosecutor's office in Fuzhou, Jiangxi province, then 10 minutes later an explosion went off at a district government building and 15 minutes later another car exploded outside a drug administration office, said an official.

Photos posted on a micro-blogging site showed blown-out window frames, glass shards on the ground and an injured man lying prone outside one government building.

The Xinhua News Agency reported that at the prosecutor's office many of the windows and a car were destroyed, while at least 10 vehicles were damaged at Fuzhou's Linchuan district government building.

Officials said two people were killed and at least six were wounded in the explosions.

Xinhua said the culprit was a farmer unhappy about the government's handling of a dispute.

Home-made bombs are frequently used to settle scores in China, where fertiliser and explosives for construction are readily available and guns tightly controlled.

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A city of four million people deep in farming country, Fuzhou has seen the fast, chaotic economic growth typical of many Chinese cities in recent years. Land disputes have occurred as development encroaches on farmland.

A clash between farmers and a demolition squad sent to tear down houses last September aroused attention on the internet when three members of one farming family caught on fire - either intentionally as an act of protest or accidentally.

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