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China: Bus-bomb attack creates panic and indignation

In kunming, the capital city of Yunnan province, two bus-bomb attacks happened within an hour, shocking the city on the morning of 21, July. Both the buses are No. 54, and the explosions took place exactly at the same road, though one at 7:05, the other 7:40 am. Totally 2 were dead, more than 10 left injured.

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A 35-year-old woman killed on the spot was said to be on the way home for her kid’s birthday.

Police have confirmed the incidents were deliberately made, though cause unknown. Timed-bomb may be used on the attacks, according to the police.

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The attacks inevitably created panics among Chinese, not only because the Olympics is drawing close, but also that it adds to the recent series of unrests across the country a new episode. The stun it brings about was concluded as the name of blogger Wang Xuguang’s post:

恐怖主义离我们有多远?

How far away is terrorism from us?

From Zhangjiajie blast, Weng’an conflict, Shanghai police-killings, to the very near tragedy that two villagers got killed by riot police, the nerves of Chinese were kept highly strained. However, though more or less unsettled mentally, people have not been so much panic as in this time that the shadow of death falls on innocent citizens.

On the previous stretch of conflicts, since the spearheads were pointed towards the authority that treated people unfairly, blogshpere and words of mouth more or less identified with the “trouble-makers”, most of them suppressed commons. Even when 6 Shanghai police were stabbed dead, not a small number of people side and bear compassion with the murderer Yang Jia.

However, people’s mind dramatically turned over this time, as the attacks were directed to innocent and uninformed people.

hndashu said:

The strongest condemnation of terrorism aimed at common citizens.

强烈谴责针对平民的恐怖袭击罪行

老树根007 said:

炸老百姓的真是混蛋!

What bastards those bombed people!

And more netizens thought they should have a more suitable group of people to bomb.

wjszhangm suggested:

看不起这帮废物,有种你去炸贪官啊?!脑C,和底层的草根过不去算个P本事

Shame on these craps! You should bomb the corrupted officials if you dare! Idiots, what the hell do you think you are to be hostile against grassroots!

Words of anger were poured out:

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妈的,这般畜生,这么多贪官污吏不去炸,这么多土匪不去炸,炸无辜百姓算什么。

F***k such jerks, that bombed the innocent and leave so many officials that take, so many outlaws that plunder out of target.

岁在甲午 said:

炸贪官还能落个好名声,炸老百姓简直就是畜生。

A good reputation you get to bomb a corrupted official, but only a beast you are to kill common people.

More details about the detonation is yet unknown, but the quick response of police win applauds. Information were available very soon after the event and no restriction of interview were met by journalists, including those from Hong Kong.

However, the cause and purpose of the explosion is still a mystery. And that some citizens got alert text-message before the attack incurred a lot more suspects and guesses, so that people on the internet united to launch the flesh search engine, trying to search out the murderer. Netizens commented that the campaign would be the most meaningful use of the flesh engine.

Also, the anti-terrorism tide has rushed to Free-Tibetters, who were also the suspects.

对于藏独,疆独,回独等KB分子,除了必要的审讯要舌头,其余的应该就地枪毙

For the terrorists of Free-Tibet, Xingjiang-independence and Hui-indenpence, except the necessary trial, they should be shot right away.

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