Explosion at Shanghai airport injures four – suspect slashes his own throat

Man threw beer bottle containing home-made explosives at check-in area

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 June, 2016, 3:50pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 January, 2018, 3:44pm

A man hurled a bottle containing home-made explosives inside Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport on Sunday afternoon, injuring four people before ­attempting to kill himself, ­authorities said.

The man threw the beer bottle containing the explosives towards a check-in counter in Terminal 2 at about 2.20pm, the Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau said.

The man then took a knife from his backpack, cut his neck and fell to the ground, police said.

He is in a critical condition in hospital.

Four passengers were injured in the incident, said a statement on the Shanghai government’s ­official microblog.

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The state-run Xinhua news agency said the injured included a man from the Philippines, as well as a 67-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman – both described as ­Chinese. The nationality of the fourth victim was unclear.

The four were slightly injured by shards of glass and were being treated at Pudong District ­People’s Hospital.

Police sent armed officers to patrol inside the terminal following the blast as the airport raised its security level.

Some people said the explosion sounded like a firecracker.

“Before the explosion, I heard some people repeatedly say ‘please don’t’,” a witness surnamed Xue told the Xinmin Evening News. She said she heard a loud bang and saw smoke rising.

Yao Mengting said on WeChat that she had been near to the ­explosion and fell over twice as she tried to run away.

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“Everyone was running. It was so scary!” she wrote. “I saw someone was seriously hurt in the ­explosion.”

The blasts took place at check-in area C where the Thai Airways and Philippine Airlines service desks are located.

A worker at Thai Airways’ Shanghai office told the South China Morning Post that one of the airline’s flights was postponed and passengers were told to check-in at area E instead. “We are waiting for the arrangement from the airport over whether our passengers and their bags need another security check,” she said.

A few flights were affected ­because the incident disrupted the check-in area but the airport later returned to normal operation, Xinhua said.

Additional reporting by Reuters, Agence France-Presse

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