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China: Search for the Kunming bus bombers

Following the bus explosions in Kunming yesterday, a report from a local news website there on the armed police roadside ID checks has been made a feature story on Netease's news page, photos included:

While there isn't space for comments on the original Kunming-based Cailong China story, the number found on the Netease version is growing quickly:

网易内蒙古赤峰网友 ip:222.74.*.*:
2008-07-22 15:57:04 发表

Inner Mongolia:
Arrest them, kill them, pardon none

网易河北唐山网友 ip:121.20.*.*:
2008-07-22 15:58:03 发表

No trial?

网易陕西西安网友 ip:125.76.*.*:
2008-07-22 16:08:25 发表

These guys are too evil
They must carry out strict checks, and take care of these society-attacking scum
To my suffering compatriots, I salute you!

网易山东菏泽网友 ip:219.146.*.*:
2008-07-22 16:28:31 发表

Extremists who disregard public safety and carry out terrorist activities will be punished by all the people of the world.
Click ‘Support’ if you agree.

Danwei and Shanghaiist have as usual been on top of the news. Shanghaiist links to a GoKunming post which looks at the possibility that there were actually three explosions yesterday; a commenter at Danwei puts forward a rumor that there as many as five. Also in the comments on Danwei's post is active China expat blog commenter Spelunker, who notes the wording of an SMS text message which Kunming police have already confirmed was sent out prior to the first blast:

Evidently somebody in Kunming sent the following text message warning around 5:30 am before the bombings:

The Guardian translates it into English as:
“The general mobilisation of ants… (I) hope citizens receiving this message will not take bus lines 54, 64 and 84 tomorrow morning,”

Speculation so far on motive for the attack seems to have painted a group of disgruntled rubber farmers not far from Kunming as the top suspects, so how do…ants figure in? Ants??


  • Spelunker

    I have not been able to identify other Kunming recipients of the 蝼蚁总动员 message after searching through numerous Kunming based blogs.

    The police investigation into the text message is still underway. A reporter from Chinese Business View (华商报) inquired about it yesterday and was told that it’s a secret ongoing investigation and that police would not answer any questions about this aspect of the case:

    昨天下午,记者致电昆明市公安局新闻发言人办公室,就“预警短信”一事再次求证,办公室工作人员以案件正在侦破中为由,谢绝回答有关这方面的问题。 随后有接近专案组的人士告诉记者,对“预警短信”的调查,警方正在秘密进行中。新闻回顾

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