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Two women kill themselves, 2 others die over threat to homes in China


Xian Xiyong (left), son of Li Jie'e, and another relative (right) cry next to Li's body after she jumped off a building and died at a demolition site of Yangji village in Guangzhou, Guangdong province.

A woman killed at least two people and herself in a bomb blast and another woman took her own life by jumping from building in separate protests in China over the demolition of houses.

China Daily said three people died as a result of the explosion at 9 a.m. local time Thursday in Zhaotong city in Yunnan province. Four of 14 people who were injured were badly hurt, it added.

A witness told the Kunming city newspaper that the woman went into what was described as the demolition bureau and detonated some explosives, according to China Daily. The witness said the women had been asked to agree to being relocated from her current house.

BBC News, citing witnesses, reported that the woman had been negotiating over compensation. It said she was among the three killed.

"We have opened an investigation. I can't tell you anything, but three people were killed and 14 were injured," a local official told the AFP news agency.

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In the second incident in Yangji, a village that has been swallowed up in the rapid expansion of the city of Guangzhou, a woman called Li Jie'e jumped to her death from a building, apparently in despair at the demolition of her house, according to local media reports cited by Reuters.

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AFP noted that a suicide bomb attack by Qian Mingqi, a jobless man angry over a land dispute, killed two people in Fuzhou last year.

Qian, 52, lost a home in 1995 and another in 2001 to make way for the same highway, AFP said, citing reports.

"For the past 10 years, I have suffered a great injustice. I cannot find justice. I was forced to go down a road I didn't want to take. I will get justice myself, through concrete action," he said.

In September 2010, three people set themselves on fire in Fuzhou over a land dispute and one died, AFP said.

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