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Petitioner sets off blast at govt office, killing self

By Jin Haixing and Wang Huazhong  (China Daily)

08:36, September 04, 2012

An explosion in a local government seat in Shandong province killed one person and injured six others on Monday, local authorities said.

The blast happened in the Tengjia township government compound in Rongcheng, Shandong province, at 8 am.

The bomber - Qu Huaqiang, a native of Tengjia - set off self-made explosives, the Rongcheng government was quoted by Xinhua News Agency as saying on Monday.

Qu died at the scene.

Xinhua reported in its micro blog that Qu allegedly made the explosion because his petition to higher governments was blocked by the local government.

Qu, who was partially paralyzed due to a construction accident, petitioned several times since his compensation began in 2004, the Rongcheng government said on Monday.

In China, petitioning, or shangfang, known as appealing to the higher authorities for help, is the administrative system for hearing public complaints and grievances.

The case was the third death in the country within a month among residents who had disputes with local governments.

On Aug 22, a villager named Zhu Zhongzhou, 62, died after he jumped from a building in the seat of Liansi township government in Henan province. The local authorities said that he was dissatisfied with compensation he received for the demolition of his house.

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