Xinjiang bus blast blamed on disgruntled coal miner

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 January, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 January, 2005, 12:00am

A bus blast that killed 11 people in Xinjiang last Thursday was set off by a man dissatisfied with compensation for a work-related injury, state media reports and Xinjiang police officials say.

Bai Qinghua had his fingers crushed last March while working at a coal mine in Usu , not far from the blast site in Karamay , China News Service reported.

A Xinjiang police spokeswoman yesterday said Bai, who was killed in the bus blast, was unhappy with the 20,000 yuan he received in compensation for his injury and had repeatedly threatened to carry out explosions.

He reportedly telephoned the mine owner asking for a further 200,000 yuan in damages before the bus explosion.

It was initially feared that the blast was the work of local Uygur separatists fighting for an independent state.

But police said Bai was a member of the mainland's Han ethnic majority.

'This has nothing to do with his ethnicity. It is just an ordinary criminal case,' the police spokeswoman said.