A young man who was reportedly struggling with debt injured himself and four others when he set off at least one homemade explosive device in Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport.

From the BBC

Shanghai Pudong airport explosion wounds four

A man has set off a homemade explosive device at Shanghai international airport, injuring four people as well as himself, Chinese officials say.

The attacker threw a bottle containing explosives, which went off near a check-in counter in Terminal Two.

The man then took out a knife and stabbed his own neck, officials say.

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From Bloomberg

Four Injured at Shanghai Airport After Man Throws Explosives

The man threw homemade explosives in beer bottles near some check-in counters in Terminal 2 of the airport shortly before 2:30 p.m. local time, according to a statement posted on the official Sina Weibo feed of the Shanghai government, which cited an initial police investigation. The man cut his own throat with a knife after the blast, sustaining a severe injury, it said.

The man and the four passengers injured by broken pieces of glass were sent to a hospital, according to the statement. One of the injured passengers is a citizen of the Philippines.

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From AsiaOne

China police say Shanghai airport bomber was gambler with heavy debts

Chinese police on Monday identified the suspect in a bombing at Shanghai’s main international airport which injured four people as a 29-year-old man with heavy debts from online gambling.

Zhou Xingbai had been working at an electronics company in Kunshan city near Shanghai but had lost his savings through gambling and was having difficulty supporting himself, the Shanghai police department said in a statement on its official microblog.

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From the New York Times

Suspect in Shanghai Airport Blast Was Mired in Gambling Debts, Police Say

Before the attack, Mr. Zhou sent a message on WeChat, a mobile messaging service popular in China. “I owe a lot of money to a lot of people,” he said.

“Getting ready to do something totally crazy, sure to lose little life,” he added, apparently referring to his own life.

On Sunday morning, the police said, Mr. Zhou caught a bus to Shanghai and went to the airport in the afternoon, when he detonated at least one beer bottle packed with the powder from firecrackers. Investigators found remnants of firecrackers in Mr. Zhou’s rented room in Kunshan. The police accounts did not say how many homemade bombs Mr. Zhou set off. Caixin magazine reported that, according to a witness, he used two empty beer bottles packed with explosives.

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