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Bus bomber on trial in China

Bus bomber on trial in China

A factory worker testified he bombed a bus in southern China because he was angry about losing the lottery, getting ripped off by an ATM and being rejected by a woman he had a crush on at work, local media reported Wednesday.
The defendant, Huang Xin, 26, said Tuesday on the first day of his hearing in the southern city of Guangzhou that he wanted to avoid fatalities and targeted a bus on Aug. 21 last year that usually had few passengers, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported.
The newspaper said only a driver and one passenger were on the bus, and both survived without serious injuries in the blast in Guangzhou during the final days of the Beijing Olympics when security was tight across the nation.
Huang's lawyers suggested their client might be insane, and the judges decided Tuesday to consider his mental health before announcing a verdict.
An official who answered the phone at the Guangzhou court confirmed that the trial started but would not give The Associated Press further details.
"There will be a court decision soon," said the official, who declined to give his name or say what a possible sentence would be for Huang.
The newspaper said Huang was upset about losing the lottery, unrequited love with a woman at work and getting stuck with counterfeit cash. Just days before the bombing, he withdrew $87 (600 yuan) from a teller machine and $73 (500 yuan) of the withdrawn cash was fake, the Southern Metropolis said.
China has long been awash in counterfeit money, and most shops will run 100 yuan notes through a special machine that detects fake money before accepting the cash. In recent weeks, there have been numerous reports and warnings about a new batch of counterfeit notes that are extremely hard to detect.


Updated : 2021-07-27 03:47 GMT+08:00