BEIJING—Chinese authorities say more than a dozen explosions have rocked a town in southern Guangxi province, killing at least seven people and injuring as many as 51.
State media reports quote authorities in the city of Liuzhou as saying a 33-year-old man with the family name of Wei is suspected of carrying out the bombings to seek revenge over a healthcare dispute. It is not known if the man is in custody.
The local public security bureau confirmed that explosions occurred at 13 locations, including a shopping mall, jail, supermarket, rail station, a hospital and an open air market. The official Xinhua news agency is reporting that the explosions may have been caused by parcel bombs.
Photos on social media showed one building partially collapsed, cars overturned in the streets and what appeared to be the blown out remains of a shop front.
The explosions happened in rapid succession, according to accounts online, and one picture showed a man lying on the ground near an overturned car. Rubble was strewn around the area.
Another image just after the blast showed a cloud of smoke billowing hundreds of meters into the air.
One photo appeared to show a government building with its windows blown out.
Violent attacks over longstanding disputes are not uncommon in China, but the large number of explosions in a single incident is rare.