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Man sets off bomb at Beijing airport

A man in a wheelchair with apparent grievances against authorities set off a homemade bomb at Beijing International Airport yesterday, according to Chinese state media, injuring only himself but shocking travelers and sending authorities scrambling.

State-run China Central Television reported on its website that the man tried to distribute fliers at the scene about his grievances but was stopped. He then exploded a bomb made of black powder normally used in firecrackers, CCTV said.

The man, whom the police identified as Ji Zhongxing, was then taken to a hospital.

Apparent witnesses posting pictures of the incident online said the man in the wheelchair had warned them to stand back before the explosion.

“It was pretty powerful. You could feel it in your chest,” said Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt, who was in the same terminal.

The Washington Post

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