At Least 31 Dead, More Than 90 Injured In Urumqi Terrorist Attack

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Two vehicles rammed into pedestrians in an open market at 7:50 this morning on Gongyuanbei Street in Urumqi, Xinjiang, killing at least 31 people and injuring more than 90, according to Chinese state media. AP reports that "the Xinjiang regional government said in a statement that the early morning attack was 'a serious violent terrorist incident of a particularly vile nature.'"

Dispatches From Xinjiang: The Urumqi Bombing And What It Means To Be A Uyghur Man

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Watching the leaked surveillance video of two men walking with a sea of migrant workers in front of the train station in Ürümchi makes your blood turn cold. You want to look away but you can’t. You want to understand what was going through the heads of those men with their hats pulled low as they marched with the crowd – but you can’t. Only after the shock of the fireball and the smoke clears can you stop looking, but then you can’t un-see it. You can only play it over and over in your mind.

Fireworks Bomber Injures Himself, No One Else, In Beijing Airport Explosion [UPDATE]

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A man in a wheelchair detonated a homemade explosion this evening at Beijing Capital International Airport's Terminal 3. It happened in the international arrivals hall at 6:24 pm, according to Xinhua, with no one else getting injured. CCTV identified the man as Ji Zhongxing from Shandong province. The explosive was reportedly made using gunpowder from fireworks, and probably should be hashtagged "fail."

Explosion Rocks Boston Marathon, Chinese Netizens Watch (On Youku)

Police officers run with their guns drawn as they hear the second explosion down the street. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
In the worst bombing on US soil since 9/11, three are dead and more than 100 are injured after two blasts ripped through a crowd at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on an otherwise perfect day. You'll find updating coverage everywhere at this moment, led by the Boston Globe and Gawker, so we'll spare the words here. Just a little China angle though, via Reuters:

The Squid Bomb Is A Real Thing, Apparently

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"Squid bomb" can refer to squid jigs for catching squids, a World War II anti-submarine weapon, or this annoying video featuring Squidward Tentacles. It's never meant to be taken literally, i.e. a bomb inside a squid. Until now. Now it can mean exactly that: a bomb inside a squid.

MythBusters Plays With Chinese Popcorn Maker… Or Is It A Bomb?

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The smart fellas over at Discovery Channel's MythBusters recently decided to take a closer look at a traditional Chinese popcorn-maker, which I can tell you from experience makes a great (cheap!) snack. Vaporized water, liquefied starch, relief of pressure, cooking in a bomb suit... this segment has it all.

Suicide Bomber In Guangzhou Injures 7

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A man seeking overdue wages blew himself up on Friday at about 3:53 pm in Guangzhou, according to Xinhua. He died while injuring seven people. The incident happened in a residential community on Tianhe North Road.

China Says Burmese Bombs Landed In Yunnan, Wants Myanmar To Cut That Shit Out

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Violence between Burmese government and rebel forces has apparently spilled across the border from northern Kachin to China. Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Hua Chunying said yesterday that three "bombs" from Myanmar landed in Yunnan province, and added -- rather diplomatically -- that Myanmar should probably stop letting bombs land in Yunnan