JNN 13 May 2011 LANZHOU : At least 40 people have been injured after a former bank clerk threw a petrol bomb into a bank Friday morning at a rural bank in northwest China’s Gansu Province, witnesses and the local government
The attack took place at the Rural Credit Cooperatives in Tianzhu Tibetan Autonomous County in the city of Wuwei at around 8:30 a.m., when all the bank employees were having a meeting.
The provincial government said six people were seriously wounded and another 33 suffered slight injuries. They were all being treated at the county hospital.
A witness who declined to be named said someone ignited a homemade “gasoline bomb”.
He said he saw more than 10 people throwing themselves out of the window of the fourth-floor meeting room, while many others, with charred bodies and limbs, were carried out of the building on stretchers.
“Some of the workers at the meeting suffered burns, others were injured after breaking windows and jumping to the roof of an adjacent three-storey building,” a statement by the Tianzhu Tibetan Autonomous County government said.
Police cordoned off the street for investigation shortly after the accident. Police have launched an investigation into the incident and are searching for the perpetrator who managed to flee the scene immediately.
Chinese government says Yang was fired from the Cooperative in April 2011on charges of embezzlement and threatened to seek revenge.
Witnesses said fire engines rushed to the scene of the incident and put out the fire.
Telephone connections at the Tianzhu People’s Hospital, where the wounded were taken, have reportedly been cut off.
Tianzhu County is 128 km from Lanzhou, the provincial capital. A third of the county’s 210,000 residents are Tibetans.
The government statement also mentioned that the incident may have been caused by the Tibetan residents of Tianzhu, who account for almost one third of the population of the region.
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