Nine injured in east China chemical plant blast


Tianjin AFP file pic An explosion at a chemical plant in east China late Saturday injured nine people with 150 firefighters battling the resulting blaze, state media reported.

The blast comes after 121 people were killed in massive explosions last week at a hazardous goods storage facility in the northern port city of Tianjin.

The incident Saturday occurred at a plant in Huantai county near the city of Zibo in Shangdong province, Xinhua news agency said, citing the official Sina Weibo microblogaccount of the Zibo public security bureau.

The plant is a subsidiary of Shangdong’s Runxing Group and produces chemicals including adiponitrile, a combustible chemical mainly used in the production of nylon, it said.

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Chemical plant blast injures 9 in east China


020150823083555 NINE people have been injured after a blast ripped through a chemical plant in east China’s Shandong Province on Saturday night, local authorities said. No deaths have been reported.

The explosion occurred at Shandong Runxing Chemical Technology Co. Ltd at around 8:50pm in Dongfu Village, Huantai County and triggered a fire, according to the official Sina Weibo account of the public security bureau of Zibo City, which administers Huantai.

A total of 150 firefighters from the city’s fire brigade are battling the blaze. More firefighters from neighboring cities are heading to help.

The injured are being treated in the hospital, said the Weibo account.

With a registered capital of 200 million yuan (US$31.3 million), the blasted plant is a subsidiary of Shandong’s Runxing group. It produces chemicals, such as adiponitrile, a colorless liquid that can burn when encountering with fire. It can give off toxic fumes after decomposing on heating or burning.

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Pakistani counter-terrorism official killed in suicide blast


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Khanzada was holding a meeting at his office in Attock district Sunday morning when a suicide bomber blew himself up, causing a blast so powerful that the roof of the building caved in with 40 to 50 people inside, officials said.

Khanzada and several others were crushed under the rubble, said Ghulam Shabbir, a senior police officer in Attock. It was several hours before rescue teams could retrieve the bodies from the wreckage.

“There is no chance that we would rescue somebody alive from the rubble,” said Deeba Shahnaz, a spokesperson for rescue operations, adding that the death toll could rise.

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PAKISTANI COUNTER-TERRORISM OFFICIAL KILLED IN SUICIDE BLAST


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Shuja Khanzada, who helped lead counter-terrorism operations as home minister in Punjab, Pakistan’s largest province, was killed barely two weeks after police shot and killed one of the country’s most feared militant leaders. Authorities said the bombing was a retaliatory strike, although no militant group immediately claimed responsibility.

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Tonnes of cyanide found at Tianjin blast site


Chinese authorities ordered the evacuation of residents within a three kilometre radius of the blast site, as police confirmed the presence of tonnes of the highly toxic chemical sodium cyanide.

Shi Luze, chief of the general staff of the Beijing military region, said cyanide had been identified at two locations in the blast zone.

“The volume was about several hundreds of tonnes according to preliminary estimates,” he said.

The comments were the first official confirmation of the presence of the chemical at the hazardous goods storage facility at the centre of the blast.

A military team of 217 chemical and nuclear experts was deployed early on, and earlier Chinese reports said 700 tonnes of sodium cyanide were at the site.

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TONS OF CYANIDE FOUND AT TIANJIN BLAST SITE


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Chinese authorities ordered the evacuation of residents within a three kilometre radius of the blast site, as police confirmed the presence of tonnes of the highly toxic chemical sodium cyanide.

Shi Luze, chief of the general staff of the Beijing military region, said cyanide had been identified at two locations in the blast zone.

“The volume was about several hundreds of tonnes according to preliminary estimates,” he said.

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