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My son called me this morning with the news. He is co-owner along with Colin Flahive and two others.

He wasn't there, but was called by Colin immediately after.

He said the man came in, ordered waffles and coffee. After one of the girls brought it to him, Kris said, he detonated himself. He said his legs were blown off, and blood was all over the restaurant, but there was minor damage, and no one in the restaurant was hurt.

They are baffled, as well. The only thing they can think of is that it is Christmas Eve, and they are a foreign-owned establishment. Otherwise, as far as they know, it was completely random.

I think unless you were there or have credable witnesses, anything story could be made up. I never heard about the bus bomb and it's been months and months since that happen. Did they catch the guy(s). The government doesn't want to scare the public and especially if they are targeting "laowais'".

thats strange.. my friend was at slavadors at the time and he said that it was a drunk man, and he started fighting, and someone got killed..

It wasn't a gas canister. Salvadore's and all the cafes on the street run gas lines. It's an attack against foreign (read american) interests. Could be the start of the next wave of anti americanism. Chickens do come home to roost, you know.

@tanfei: The 14:47 report is what we used to write the update. However, the content of that page has been added to since then, adding the eyewitness reports etc.

I should add that Salvador's is not owned (or co-owned) by Italians, as that story reports.

and add the fact that:

"We have spoken with Salvador's co-owner Colin Flahive several times since the explosion and he has confirmed that the explosion was set off by a man who had entered the restaurant with an explosive device."

Yeah, I agree. If it is an accident, it is quite a coincidence: explosion on Christmas eve at the place in town known to be a hangout for foreigners. Either way, I hope that the truth will come out here.

the article is a little confusing. he was at the door of Salvador's "burning gas" and after burning it for a while turned it off. He picked it up to headed (back) inside the cafe, then put it back on the ground. When he put it back down, it exploded.

but yes, the eyewitness account is clear enough that pretty much anyone there should be able to confirm or deny it.

while i also hope that it was simply a tragic mistake and not a bombing, there is a doubt lurking in my mind that it could have been a bombing and that the media has been told to put a lid on it.

remember the "third bombing" in June that "may have been a tire exploding?" i'm still not clear on that one, but my friend has family in the police dept, and he says that he was told that it was a bombing. so who knows. i can't say either way.

Editorial note: The story that Neverwinter refers to has been updated since GoKunming ran the update.

If a gas cylinder, or cylinders were being delivered to Salvador's at the time of the explosion, i'm sure the staff will be able to confirm this.

It would be a relief if this turned out to be just a tragic accident, and not a bombing targeted at the foreign community. Anyone with further information, please let us know.

Thanks to Chris for bringing us this story firsthand.

yeah, it says that, according to a Chinese witness, the gas canister handler put it on the ground too hard and it exploded. Is that not what eyewitnesses are saying?

Either way, I'm glad no one else was seriously injured.

I'm still waiting for the smoke to clear so we can get some solid facts.

According to the 2nd link provided, the explosion was caused by improper handling of a gas tank... The deceased was the same guy who brought the tank into Salvador's and accidentally made it explode