China (Country threat level – 2)

A passenger bus traveling on an expressway to Huanghua Airport (ZGHA/HHA) in the central city of Changsha in the Hunan province exploded at approximately 1600 local time (0800 UTC) on 21 July 2010. The blast and resulting fire gutted the bus, killing two people and injuring 10 others. Officials have blocked off the road and are investigating the incident. Some eyewitness accounts that detail a man attempting to light a suspicious bag shortly before the explosion indicate that it may have been a deliberate attack, although this has not been confirmed.

ASI Comment: Possible motives in the apparent attack are not known, but China has in recent months faced a wave of random acts of violence that have included stabbing attacks on school children and other incidents. China has also witnessed attacks on buses in the past that have seemingly been motivated by the attacker’s personal issues rather than a political agenda.

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