China: Bus-bomb attack creates panic and indignation

In kunming, the capital city of Yunnan province, two bus-bomb attacks happened within an hour, shocking the city on the morning of 21, July. Both the buses are No. 54, and the explosions took place exactly at the same road, though one at 7:05, the other 7:40 am. Totally 2 were dead, more than 10 left injured.

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A 35-year-old woman killed on the spot was said to be on the way home for her kid’s birthday.

Police have confirmed the incidents were deliberately made, though cause unknown. Timed-bomb may be used on the attacks, according to the police.

explosion site

The attacks inevitably created panics among Chinese, not only because the Olympics is drawing close, but also that it adds to the recent series of unrests across the country a new episode. The stun it brings about was concluded as the name of blogger Wang Xuguang’s post:


How far away is terrorism from us?

From Zhangjiajie blast, Weng’an conflict, Shanghai police-killings, to the very near tragedy that two villagers got killed by riot police, the nerves of Chinese were kept highly strained. However, though more or less unsettled mentally, people have not been so much panic as in this time that the shadow of death falls on innocent citizens.

On the previous stretch of conflicts, since the spearheads were pointed towards the authority that treated people unfairly, blogshpere and words of mouth more or less identified with the “trouble-makers”, most of them suppressed commons. Even when 6 Shanghai police were stabbed dead, not a small number of people side and bear compassion with the murderer Yang Jia.

However, people’s mind dramatically turned over this time, as the attacks were directed to innocent and uninformed people.

hndashu said:

The strongest condemnation of terrorism aimed at common citizens.


老树根007 said:


What bastards those bombed people!

And more netizens thought they should have a more suitable group of people to bomb.

wjszhangm suggested:


Shame on these craps! You should bomb the corrupted officials if you dare! Idiots, what the hell do you think you are to be hostile against grassroots!

Words of anger were poured out:



F***k such jerks, that bombed the innocent and leave so many officials that take, so many outlaws that plunder out of target.

岁在甲午 said:


A good reputation you get to bomb a corrupted official, but only a beast you are to kill common people.

More details about the detonation is yet unknown, but the quick response of police win applauds. Information were available very soon after the event and no restriction of interview were met by journalists, including those from Hong Kong.

However, the cause and purpose of the explosion is still a mystery. And that some citizens got alert text-message before the attack incurred a lot more suspects and guesses, so that people on the internet united to launch the flesh search engine, trying to search out the murderer. Netizens commented that the campaign would be the most meaningful use of the flesh engine.

Also, the anti-terrorism tide has rushed to Free-Tibetters, who were also the suspects.


For the terrorists of Free-Tibet, Xingjiang-independence and Hui-indenpence, except the necessary trial, they should be shot right away.

A time of unrest might be coming. What or who is to blame?


  • As much as admire people fighting for their rights, the best way to peace is for people to get to know each others concerns, and take them for their own. I would like to see everyone who has a grievance with China allowed to protest, like in any free country, though when they move into terrorism, looting, and other destructive means to acieve their ends, I think they are showing a lack of faith in the resilancy of the Chinese people.

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  • Knights

    Dalai’s image goes out the window, come on terrorist (tibetans or uighers or others) do you remember 9/11 towers, usa beat the hell out of iraq. You should be happy china is kind ;-)

  • Cam

    City official: Fatal Kunming bus blasts ‘not terrorism’

    “A local official says there has been no evidence to show that two bus explosions in Kunming are linked to terrorist attacks or aimed at next month’s Beijing Olympics.”

  • Everything is political in this world, to the politically minded. I have studied under radicals my entire life, and know how much the personal is tied into the political. However, watching a butterfly on the breeze, or a child running happily in an ocean wave, is not political. Neither should the Olympics. Politicians control so much of what goes on in this world… in this one case, we should let our wiser voices prevail. Already the air pollution is being addressed in China in a way never seen before. Knowledge once learned never goes away.

    The Chinese people have much to teach us about caring for societies marginalized. For too long, we have seen China as an enemy, instead of a budding friendship. They are finally even letting the Dali Lamma send some of his people. This may seem pure cosmetics, but I believe they are steps forward. Let the CHinese people have their Olympics.

  • chan

    Those bastards, who killed innocent people, would be punished again in hell

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