Boston blasts: Chinese mourn Boston marathon bomb victim

BEIJING (AFP) - China's Internet users on Wednesday mourned a Chinese national killed in the Boston marathon bombing as others attacked the exposure of the victim's name despite a family request for anonymity.

Thousands posted messages online after the consulate in New York said a Chinese citizen was among three people killed in the explosions in the US city on Monday.

"Terrorism has no national limits, the victims have no national limits. Together we condemn, together we mourn," one user of Sina Weibo, a social networking site similar to Twitter, wrote.

"Poor child, go peacefully," wrote another.

The consulate said relatives had requested that the deceased not be identified.

But Hong Kong-based Phoenix Television named the victim as well as a friend Zhou Danling, whom it said was injured, adding that both were watching the race.

The dead Chinese student was studying for a masters degree at Boston University after graduating from the Beijing Institute of Technology, the report said.

Other users posted photos of the victim but many condemned the naming.

"Please respect the family's wishes, and delete the name," a Sina Weibo user wrote.

"The family requested anonymity, please respect this," another said.

Ms Zhou, a Chinese national and Boston University graduate student, was in a stable condition after surgery, China's state news agency Xinhua said.

The two bombs, which exploded 13 seconds and about 100 metresapart, sprayed shrapnel into the crowd of thousands of people lining Boston's Boylston Street to watch the runners cross the finish line.

Three people were killed and at least 180 injured, according to the latest toll.