Explosion Hits Beijing Airport

BEIJING, July 20 (Xinhua) — An explosion occurred Saturday evening at Terminal 3 of the Beijing Capital International Airport, police said.
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A man watches the closed-circuit television system broadcasting an explosion in T3 terminal at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, capital of China, July 20, 2013. The explosion occured around 6:24 p.m. on Saturday near the B exit of the terminal. According to eyewitnesses, a disabled person ignited bombs on himself. The casualty is unknown yet. (Xinhua/Chen Jianli)




A wheel-chaired Chinese man, identified as Ji Zhongxing from eastern Shandong province, set off a home-made explosive device outside the arrivals exit of the Terminal 3 at around 6:24 p.m., an initial police investigation showed.

The device was detonated after the 34-year-old was stopped from handing out leaflets to get attention to his complaints, according to the probe. Ji himself was injured, but suffered no life-threatening injuries and is currently under treatment.

The explosion caused no other injuries. The police cordon at the arrivals exit has been removed, and the airport has begun to resume normal order.

Police authorities are further investigating the case.

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