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Beer Bottle Bomb: Explosion at Shanghai Pudong Airport

A small explosion at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport on Sunday afternoon left four people injured. The explosion reportedly was caused by a man who threw a beer bottle containing explosive materials, after which he stabbed himself in the neck.

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A small explosion at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport on Sunday afternoon left four people injured. The explosion reportedly was caused by a man who threw a beer bottle containing explosive materials, after which he stabbed himself in the neck.

On Sunday afternoon at 14:20, an explosion at Shanghai’s Pudong International airport (terminal 2) left four people injured, including the man who caused the blast. He is currently in critical condition.

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News of the explosion traveled fast on Chinese social media, where WeChat and Weibo users were quick to share videos and any available information. Shanghai Pudong Airport is China’s second-busiest international airport.

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Shanghai Airport Authority also used social media to inform netizens about the blast immediately after it occured. On their official Weibo account, they stated the explosion was suspected to be caused by a homemade explosive device.

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A surveillance video of the explosion released by CCTV was also shared on Weibo through video platform Miaopai.

As reported by the Straits Time, one passenger told Sina News that she heard a man yelling “No!” and “Ah!” just before the blast took place.

Chinese media later reported that one of the injured sustained a severe neck injury, that was suggested to be self-induced.

At the beginning of the evening, Shanghai Police released a statement on Weibo, saying that the Shanghai Pudong blast was caused by a man carrying a beer bottle containing explosive materials. After the man threw the beer bottle, he reportedly stabbed himself in the neck and fell to the ground.

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Shanghai News also released a picture of the suspect that clearly shows his neck injury.

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According to Weibo users currently at the Shanghai airport, there is no more tumult there and flights have been taking off without delays. According to City Weekend, security at the airport has now been increased, with checks and bag inspection for anyone entering the airport.

On social media, commotion about the blast has not ended yet – the Shanghai explosion was still one of the top trending topics on Sina Weibo by Sunday evening. Many netizens are questioning the effectiveness of Shanghai airport security, and wonder why the man was able to carry explosive materials inside the terminal.

– By Manya Koetse

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Manya Koetse is the founder and editor-in-chief of whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer, public speaker, and researcher (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends, digital developments, and new media in an ever-changing China, with a focus on Chinese society, pop culture, and gender issues. She shares her love for hotpot on hotpotambassador.com. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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Anger over Guangzhou Anti-Epidemic Staff Picking Locks, Entering Homes

While these Guangzhou homeowners were quarantined at a hotel, anti-epidemic staff broke their door locks and entered their homes.

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Dozens of homeowners in Guangzhou, Guangdong, were angered to find out the locks of their apartment doors were broken during their mandatory hotel quarantine.

The residents had gone to a quarantine location after a positive Covid case in their building. Afterward, anti-epidemic staff had entered their homes for disinfection and to check if any residents were still inside.

The incident happened earlier this month in an apartment complex in the Liwan district of the city.

The incident first gained attention on July 10 when various videos showing the broken door locks were posted online. During the morning, the property management had conducted an ’emergency inspection’ of 84 households. The doors were later sealed.

The case went trending again on July 18 when the residential district apologized to all homeowners for the break-ins and promised to compensate them.

“What’s the use of apologizing?” some Weibo commenters wondered. “Where is the law? If this even happens in Guangzhou now and people in Guangdong put up with this, what else will they dare to do in the future?”

On Chinese social media, most comments on the Guangzhou incident were about the break-ins allegedly being unlawful.

Media reporter and Toutiao author Kai Lei (@凯雷), who has over two million followers on Weibo, said the incident showed that those breaking in “had no regard for the law.”

To read more about Covid-19 in China, check our articles here.

By Manya Koetse
With contributions by Miranda Barnes

 

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Shanghai Ruijin Hospital Stabbing Incident

The police opened fire and subdued the suspect, who stabbed at least four people at Shanghai’s Ruijin Hospital on Saturday.

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On Saturday July 9, a stabbing incident that occurred at Shanghai’s renowned Ruijin Hospital (上海瑞金医院) shocked Chinese netizens as videos showing the panic and chaos at the scene circulated in Wechat groups and on Weibo.

At around 11:30 AM the police department started receiving calls that there was someone stabbing people at the hospital, which is located in the city’s Huangpu district. At the scene of the incident, at the 7th floor of the outpatient clinic, they found a knife-wielding man holding a group of people hostage.

According to police reports, the police opened fire and subdued the suspect. Four people who were injured during the knife attack are now being treated, none of them are in a life-threatening situation.

The case is currently under investigation.

According to The Paper, Ruijin Hospital resumed its outpatient services at 14:08 this afternoon.

This is the second stabbing incident in Shanghai this week. On Monday, a man was arrested after going on a random stabbing spree in Shanghai’s Jing’an District.

While some Shanghai residents say the recent incidents made them feel less safe, others praise the fast police response to the incident.

One doctor from Shanghai posted on Weibo that hospitals should have proper security checks in place in order to prevent these kinds of incidents from happening again in the future.

By Manya Koetse
With contributions by Miranda Barnes

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