China investigates bomb incident in Beijing International Airport

A man in a wheelchair is reported to have detonated the device, injuring only himself

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The Independent Online

A man has set off a bomb near the arrivals gate of Beijing International Airport in China.

State media reported that the man, who was in a wheelchair, was being treated for injuries, and released pictures showing medical staff and police officers attending to him on the scene with the wheelchair lying on its side nearby.

It was not immediately clear why the man set off the device, reported to be a homemade bundle of gunpowder. Police declined to answer questions and an airport spokesperson denied knowledge of the explosion.

Despite pictures showing the arrivals hall at Terminal 3 full of smoke and hurrying emergency services, state-run China Central Television (CCTV) reported that the man in the wheelchair was the only person injured in the blast.

The CCTV news network identified the man as Ji Zhongxing, born in 1979 and from the eastern province of Shandong.

No flights were affected by the explosion, and order was quickly restored in the airport. Police confirmed that an investigation into the incident had begun.