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Man held over bombing, blackmailing of China restaurant: Xinhua

Published on Jun 9, 2014 12:36 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - A jobless man was detained on Monday in north-east China for allegedly bombing a popular fast-food chain after blackmailing it, state media reported, the latest act of suspected violence by disaffected citizens.

Zhu Shibin used "black powder disassembled from firecrackers" to make the bomb, which was detonated at Dico's restaurant in Anda City in Heilongjiang province Sunday morning, Xinhua news agency said, citing police.

Zhu, 34 and unemployed, telephoned the restaurant beforehand and said there would be an explosion within five minutes, the report said.

Two policeman who rushed to the scene were injured in the blast and remain in hospital, the state-run agency added. No deaths were reported.

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