Shanghai: airport: explosive device injures 4


Four passengers were wounded after a man hurled an explosive device at a check-in counter at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport on Sunday afternoon, before attempting to kill himself.


“According to the initial police investigation, a man took out a homemade explosive device in a beer bottle from a bag he was carrying and threw it in front of the check-in counters.

“After the beer bottle exploded, the man took out a dagger from his bag, slashed his own neck and collapsed on the floor,” according to a Shanghai Police press statement.

On Monday, police identified the suspect as Zhou Xingbai, a 29-year-old man originally from the southwestern province of Guizhou.

Police said Zhou took several buses to make his way to the Pudong airport on Sunday and committed the crime around 2:26 p.m. near check-in row C at Terminal 2.

According to the preliminary investigation, Zhou filled a beer bottle with gunpowder from fireworks and firecrackers. Police said they have found remnants of gunpowder in his residence in Kunshan, near Shanghai.

The assailant is currently in critical condition and being treated in hospital, police said.

Another four passengers at the scene — including a Filipino national — were slightly injured by broken glass from the blast and have been hospitalized for treatment. The case is under further investigation, the police statement added.