The daughter of a senior official in a Shanxi city in charge of legal affairs was killed in an explosion at home reportedly caused by a gas leak, but rumours online call it a bomb attack.
The explosion on Monday afternoon left the second-floor flat of a four-storey building charred. It blew out most of the panes and glass from the windows, the Yellow River News reported.
According to ChinaNews.com, the owner of the flat, surnamed Li, is a high-ranking party official and deputy secretary in charge of legal and political affairs for Xiangfen county. Li was not home at the time, but his 20-year-old daughter was reportedly killed in the blast.
Speculation spread online about a bombing attempt on the secretary, carried out either by disgruntled residents, anti-corruption vigilantes or someone seeking revenge.
Official reports from the Xiangfen government said the explosion was caused by a gas leak but reporters at the scene found “gas pipes around the building unaffected”, according to Xinhua.
On Sina Weibo, unconfirmed rumours spread that said another official from the department who lived next door had received a mysterious phone call saying: “I’ve sent you a box and put it at your door, go take a look.”
According to blogger @ahzhangxian, he then told the secretary's daughter to fetch the box and soon after, the explosion occured.