According to Chinese media reports, Kunming police have stated that the man involved in yesterday's bombing at Salvador's Coffee House confessed to involvement in the unsolved July bus bombings shortly before dying.
Kunming police told the Yunnan Info Daily that yesterday's blast was not due to a natural gas canister explosion - as had been reported earlier by some Chinese media - but rather ammonium nitrate, the same compound which was reportedly used in the bus bombings this summer.
Police said the ammonium nitrate had been brought in to the restaurant by the man, whose identity has yet to be made public. The blast, which appears to be an accidental detonation, went off in the back of the restaurant outside of the kitchen, severing the man's legs.
According to the Yunnan Info Daily report, police had found more than 8,500 yuan (US$1,240) on the man, as well as a piece of paper with nine red thumbprints scattered across it, which, according to the report, may suggest involvement by other individuals in the bomb detonation at Salvador's Coffee House and perhaps also July's bus attacks.
The man is not the first to take credit for the bombings of buses on Renmin Lu which killed two and injured 14 – the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) claimed responsibility for the blasts in late July, vowing to attack again during the Beijing Olympics. Yunnan security officials denied ETIM's involvement in the incidents.© Copyright 2005-2021 GoKunming.com all rights reserved. This material may not be republished, rewritten or redistributed without permission.