Suspect killed himself in China blasts, say cops

Broken windows of Wanda Plaza after an explosion in Changchun city Jilin province on Friday

Suspect killed himself in China blasts, say cops

A SERIES of explosions has rocked a shopping mall in China today amid reports of bombs being lobbed from a high-rise building.

The local fire brigade received a report of the blast at about 3:20 p.m. Friday, which took place on the 30th floor of the Wanda Plaza apartment building.

It said he killed a man with whom he had business disputes in another city before driving to Changchun.

Three minutes later, another explosion was reported on the 30th floor of the same building, which is used as an office.

A auto was also exploded in the building's underground garage minutes before the blast, an official said.

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Social media footage showed a busy road shrouded in smoke as devices exploded on the ground while people fled.

A video clip circulating online, which the South China Morning Post can not independently verify, showed a bright beam of light accompanied by a bang from a room in a higher floor of the Wanda building, and another explosion and heavy smoke on the ground, with people running for safety.

Reuters could not independently verify the video.

Violent crime has been on the rise in China as the nation's economy has boomed in recent decades and the gap between rich and poor has widened rapidly.

This incident comes just over a week before the Lunar New Year holiday, which the Chinese usually welcome with firecrackers and fireworks, sometimes resulting in accidents.

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