Mystery blast kills three in Manila

The walls of an apartment on the fifth floor were blown out. Photo: Xinhua

The blast on Friday night blew out the walls of an apartment on the fifth floor, sending a slab of concrete flying on to the street below and smashing into a delivery van. Its driver and two of his crew were crushed to death.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Pakistan minibus explosion kills 16 schoolchildren and teacher

The minibus driver is said to have escaped the flames and now faces arrest. Photo: Reuters

Sixteen schoolchildren and a teacher burned to death in eastern Pakistan early yesterday when a short-circuit near a leaking fuel tank caused their minibus to burst into flames.

26 May 2013 - 7:09am

Dozens injured as gas explosion shakes Prague

Firemen survey blast wreckage in downtown Prague

A powerful gas blast ripped through a four-storey building in Prague's historic centre yesterday, injuring 35 people including foreigners, and causing panic in the Czech capital. Rescuers had feared there could be bodies trapped under the rubble of the heavily damaged office block, but the city's mayor said nobody was believed to have been killed.

30 Apr 2013 - 1:44am

Seven killed in second mine explosion in four days at same Jilin pit

The monitoring room at the Babao Coal Mine, in Baishan, Jilin province, where two explosions in four days have left 36 miners dead, with others still trapped. Photo: Xinhua

Four miners, all with minor injuries, had been rescued by yesterday afternoon while 10 more were still trapped underground after Monday's explosion at the Babao Coal Mine in Baishan, cnr.cn, the news portal of China National Radio, reported.

3 Apr 2013 - 5:41am

Gas blast at mine in Baishan, Jilin, kills 28

A relative of an injured miner in a hospital. Photo: Xinhua

The accident occurred on Friday at the Babao Mine in Baishan city, Jilin province, said Xinhua, citing a spokesman with the provincial work safety and supervision bureau.

31 Mar 2013 - 7:01am

Tremor felt in downtown Shenyang after underground explosion

Rescuers work at the accident site after an explosion hit an underground passage in front of a shopping mall in Shenyang. Photo: Xinhua

An explosion in an underground pedestrian walkway injured five people and halted traffic in a busy downtown intersection in Shenyang in northern China on Monday morning.

4 Mar 2013 - 1:18pm

Daughter of Shanxi official killed in 'gas explosion'

The windows of a second-floor flat were blown out after an explosion at a home in Xiangfen county. Photo: SCMP Pictures

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. 

21 Feb 2013 - 5:51pm

Gas build-up caused Mexico Pemex explosion, not bomb, officials say

Mexican soldiers remove debris at the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex in Mexico City. Photo: Reuters

The announcement came four days after the blast, a delay that triggered much speculation about the cause of the blast at the complex that houses the offices of Pemex in the heart of Mexico City.

6 Feb 2013 - 3:41am

Ma On Shan restaurant blast injures 20

A worker sweeps up broken glass after an explosion in a seafood restaurant in Chevalier Garden, Ma On Shan, on Wednesday. Photo: May Tse

About 20 people were injured – four seriously – in an explosion at a Chinese restaurant in Ma On Shan around noon on Wednesday.

The blast triggered a fire and created air currents that caused glass windows facing the street to shatter onto the road and pavement.

The explosion occurred in a second-floor restaurant at Chevalier Garden’s commercial centre shortly after 12pm.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:47pm

I'll investigate killer blast cover-up, pledges acting Shanxi governor

Acting Shanxi governor Li Xiaopeng visited accident site.

Shanxi's acting governor, Li Xiaopeng, has visited the city where eight construction workers were killed on Christmas Day and promised a thorough investigation amid calls that he should be held accountable for the week-long cover-up of the accident.

2 Jan 2013 - 11:30am

Briefs, December 14, 2012

A suspect was arrested by police after detonating an explosive device during a robbery attempt at a government dormitory building in Liuzhou, Guangxi province, yesterday, killing the city's chief planner and injuring his wife.

14 Dec 2012 - 4:06am

China Digest, December 10, 2012

A blast at a chemical plant in Hefei killed one person and injured 10 others on Saturday, Xinhua reports.

10 Dec 2012 - 5:30am

Three killed in blast at Kenyan capital mosque

Injured men are treated at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi. Such attacks in Kenya are often blamed on Islamist militants al-Shabab of neighboring Somalia.

Three people were killed and eight wounded in a blast outside a mosque in the Kenyan capital, the Kenyan Red Cross and police said Friday.

There were “three fatalities” as well as several wounded, some critical, a Red Cross official said after the “explosion near a mosque in Eastleigh”, a largely ethnic Somali district of Nairobi.

8 Dec 2012 - 3:58am

Shanxi hotpot restaurant blast survivors tell of escape drama

An investigation into the blast in Shanxi is ongoing. Photo: Xinhua

Survivors of a huge explosion at a rural hotpot restaurant that killed 14 people told yesterday how diners leapt two storeys to the ground to escape the blast.

The powerful blast blew out car windows and bent the iron gate of a shop across the street when it ripped through the Happy Sheep Hot Pot Restaurant in rural Shouyang county, Shanxi province, shortly before 8pm on Friday.

25 Nov 2012 - 3:58am

Pakistan suicide attack kills six

Pakistani security officials inspect the site of a suicide bomb blast at Qissa Khawani Bazaar in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

A suicide bomber blew himself up in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar on Wednesday, killing at least six people including a senior police officer, officials said.

The blast ripped through a congested part of the city, which lies close to Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas and is frequently hit by bombings, leaving blood and body parts in the street.

7 Nov 2012 - 6:15pm