Death toll rises to 3 in eastern China blasts

27 05 2011
By Steven Jiang, CNN
May 27, 2011 — Updated 0623 GMT (1423 HKT)

Beijing, China (CNN) — The death toll rose to three Friday following a series of explosions a day earlier at government facilities in the eastern Chinese city of Fuzhou, local officials told CNN.

“One body was found at one of the blast sites and two people died in the hospital,” said Zhang Baoyun, a spokesman for the government of Jiangxi province, where Fuzhou is located. Five people were wounded in the blasts, he said.

Among the dead was the man suspected of setting off the explosives, Zhang said. He was identified as Qian Mingpi, 52, an unemployed resident of the area, he said.

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