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Mother's anger ends in fatal petrol bomb attack

By Li Qian (Shanghai Daily)

08:35, August 28, 2012

A WOMAN angry at her former company that hadn't given her son a job threw a petrol bomb into a meeting room, killing three people and injuring four others.

Shi Yanfei, who had retired from the Shaoyang Water Company in Shaoyang, Hunan Province, broke into its meeting room at 10am yesterday and threw a bottle filled with petrol at officials.

The subsequent explosion and fire killed Long Xinmin, the company manager and Party chief, deputy manager Rao Xiaoyang, and the company's deputy Party chief Shao Jiaping.

Shi, who was also injured in the fire, jumped from the sixth floor in a suicide attempt, China News Service reported. She was taken to the hospital and later died from her injuries.

An initial investigation suggested that Shi had been angered at the water supply company's decision not to recruit her second son although his older brother had gained a position in the company.

Shi was said to have taken early retirement - a policy in place in state-owned enterprises in order to make room for younger people - and there was speculation the company might have made an offer to give both her sons a job in lieu of paying a sum of money in compensation.

The investigation found that she had become extremely angry when she had heard that someone with close connections to the company's managers had been given the job that she believed should have gone to her younger son. However, police have not yet confirmed these details and their investigation is ongoing.

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