Blasts at China regional Communist Party office kill one 6 November 2013 Thick smoke can be seen after the explosions A series of small blasts have killed at least one person outside a provincial office of the ruling Communist Party in northern China, state media report. The blasts in Taiyuan in Shanxi province appeared to have been caused by home-made bombs, Xinhua reported. It said eight people had been injured and two cars damaged. Photos posted on social media showed smoke and several fire engines at the scene of the incident, which happened around 07:40 local time (23:40 GMT). "Several small explosive devices went off at Taiyuan's Yingze Street near the provincial party office," Shanxi police said in a post on their verified microblog. "Provincial leaders went to the scene immediately, and police are currently investigating the case," the post added. 'Seven loud blasts' Steel balls were found scattered at the scene, suggesting they had been used in a homemade bomb, Xinhua reported. Car windows were shattered at the site of the blasts Fire Engines were deployed at the site of the blasts The police cordoned off the street at they investigated the case The explosive devices were hidden in roadside flower beds, according to Chinese state television. However, two witnesses told Xinhua they saw a minivan exploding, sending car debris flying. Eyewitnesses also told Xinhua they heard "seven loud blasts", and saw a large amount of smoke at the site. Photos posted on microblog Sina Weibo appeared to show cars windows and tyres that were damaged as a result of the blasts. Taiyuan police said in a verified microblog post that two-way traffic was restored on Yingze Street at 10:30 local time (02:30 GMT). No immediate explanation has been given for the incident. There have been occasions in the past where disgruntled citizens have targeted local government institutions. Tensions are also high in the wake of last week's incident in Beijing. A car ploughed into a crowd in Tiananmen Square in what the authorities said was a terrorist attack by extremists from the western region of Xinjiang. Later this week, the Communist Party's top officials will meet in Beijing to start a major economic planning meeting. ************************************************************ This is extraordinary. The Chinese have a very strict control over their population and while strikes have been heard of, this type of attacks on instruments/ iconic national prestige areas have so far not been attacked, or at least, not known to the outside world. And yet, of late these type of attacks are happening aimed at the very innards of the political control of the country, and that does indicate that growing disillusionment of the people over the despotic, dictatorial (there being no other words to describe it unfortunately) Communist form of rule. One could hardly imagine that the tightly controlled, high security and the highly sensitive area of the Tienanmen Square could ever permit the brazen display of anti China, anti Communist attack. One cannot imagine that it could happen at the Tiananmen Square rostrum! And now, at Tiayuan in Shanxi Province! Here is where Taiyuan in Shanxi Province is: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/22/China_Shanxi_Taiyuan.svg Shanxi has a population that has 99% Han and only .19% Hui (Muslim Han). Therefore, the two incidents cannot also be termed as complementary. Therefore, is there a growing disillusionment spreading around China? Is the attempt to westernise or economically bolster China too rapid, leaving many behind that is causing dissension and strife? What really could be the cause to attack the Communist rulers when the Chinese posters inform us that all is going well in China and the people are enjoying their new found wealth! In fact, one Chinese poster even claimed that the SCS problems were not aimed to divert attention from the domestic dissension, since there was no such thing happening in China and that the Chinese were more than happy with their lot. However, these two incidents somehow dispel that optimism of the Chinese poster. In fact, it appears terrorism has come to roost in China including hinterland China with a huge Han majority!