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Family unaware of Beijing airport bomber's plot


07:44, July 22, 2013

Photo taken on July 20, 2013 with a cellphone shows Ji Zhongxing (man on the wheelchair), suspect of an explosion at Terminal 3 of the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, capital of China. Ji, a 34-year-old from Heze City of east China's Shandong Province, set off a home-made explosive device outside the arrivals exit of the Terminal 3 at around 6:24 p.m. Saturday after he was stopped from handing out leaflets to get attention to his complaints, an initial police investigation showed. Ji suffered no life-threatening injuries and no other injuries were caused. The police cordon at the arrivals exit has been removed, and the airport has begun to resume normal order. (Xinhua)

Please read: Policemen clear site of explosion at Terminal 3 of Beijing Capital Int'l Airport

JINAN, July 21 (Xinhua) -- The family of a man who detonated an explosive device at a Beijing airport said they did not know of the bomber's plans beforehand, according to a statement from the police department of Heze City, the bomber's hometown.

Ji Zhongxing, 34, set off a home-made explosive device outside the Terminal 3 arrivals hall of the Beijing Capital International Airport on Saturday evening. Ji sustained injuries to his arm and is currently receiving treatment.

The explosion caused no other injuries.

Ji's father said he saw his son at home on Friday night but could not find him the next morning. The father called Ji, who did not tell his father his whereabouts.

Ji once worked in the southern province of Guangdong. For ten years, he has been petitioning about alleged unjust treatment that resulted in his paralysis, according to a police investigation.

The police cordon at the arrivals hall has been removed, and normal order has been restored at the airport.

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