Explosions Rock Chinese Communist HQ Amid Heightened Tensions

1 dead, many injured in Taiyuan at time of heightened tension throughout China.

A Chinese police officer walks by a vehicle damaged by explosions outside the provincial headquarters of China's ruling Communist Party on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Taiyuan in north China's Shanxi province.
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At least one person is dead and several more are injured in the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan following explosions outside a headquarters for the Communist Party early Tuesday morning.

USA Today reports a series of bombs detonated around 7:40 a.m. local time at the Communist Party building for Shanxi Province, according to local police reports. Chinese social media was populated with pictures showing at least one man lying in the road. Taiyuan is about 250 miles southwest of Beijing. The bombs were likely self-made, police told Chinese news service Xinhua. Traffic resumed at the site roughly three hours after the explosion and a police investigation is underway.

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Eight explosions were heard at the site, Xinhua reports. An explosive ordnance disposal team was dispatched to the area and found no other explosives, but recovered what appears to be makeshift shrapnel of BBs and nails strapped to the bombs.

Chinese broadcast service CCTV says the explosions originated from flower bushes near the front gates of the government building, according to CNN. The blast blew out windows of nearby vehicles and buildings.

Security remains heightened in and around Beijing following what has since been determined to be a terrorist attack at Tiananmen Square on Oct. 28.

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A group of attackers, believed to be ethnic Uighers, drove a vehicle into the gate beneath the Mao Zedong portrait and ignited the gas within the car. Two were killed and 38 injured in the attack.

The Uighers are an ethnic group of Muslim Turks native to northwestern China. They have fought against the Chinese ruling establishment for decades, citing harsh and oppressive government crackdowns.

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These unconfirmed tweets show the aftermath of the Tuesday explosions and some of the makeshift shrapnel reportedly found on site:

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