At least six people are dead in a large city of southern China after a series of powerful explosions that are being blamed on parcel bombs. As many as 13 explosions caused the damage in and around Liuzhou, according to local media.
China’s Xinhua News agency posted photos on Twitter showing concrete rubble and overturned cars; China Central TV says the explosions “reportedly occurred in 13 locations,” including at shopping malls, a government building, a bus station, a hospital and a prison.
Liuzhou is a large city in Guangxi, a region west of Guangzhou that borders Vietnam.
We’ll update this post as more news emerges from the scene.
The explosions in and around Liuzhou city come one day before China celebrates its National Day, a public holiday honoring the founding of the People’s Republic on Oct. 1, 1949.