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Man gets death for blasts near China party office

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BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese man was sentenced to death on Monday for setting off a series of small explosions that killed one person and injured 17 others outside the provincial headquarters of the ruling Communist Party in the northern city of Taiyuan.

The Taiyuan Intermediate People's Court sentenced Feng Zhijun after finding him guilty, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Feng told the court he would not appeal, Xinhua said. All death penalties must be reviewed by China's supreme court.

Xinhua did not say why Feng set off the explosions last November, but said he once served nine years in prison for burglary.

Earlier reports said it was a revenge attack, but did not explain Feng's grievances.

China in recent years has seen a series of deadly incidents in which disgruntled citizens upset by perceived injustices, unemployment, or marital issues have blown up buses, stabbed officials or attacked schools.

On Monday, a man distressed by his divorce case rammed a car into electric scooters and pedestrians near a school in the southeastern province of Fujian, killing six people, including three children, according to police and state media.

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