Various reports on yesterday’s bus explosion in Yangpu District have attributed the cause of the fire to flammable material that one passenger brought onto the bus, but Hong Kong’s Apple Daily《苹果日报》has suggested a “suicide-style bombing” (自杀式炸巴士) by Xinjiang terrorist groups. Here’s part of the report, as translated by ESWN:
… Even more frightening to the citizens than the casualties at the scene is the vague reporting by the media. The description covered ‘self-ignition,’ ‘ignited explosion (that is, a fire caused by an explosion in the engine),’ ‘arson’ and ‘explosion’ and this is enough to make one question whether the truth is being concealed. Even more terrifying than the bus being set on fire in an attack is that the Shanghai public security bureau said casually that this was caused by flammable materials brought on by a bus. Even more scary to the outside world is that the authorities could cover up the fact that the train in the Shandong collusion was the Olympic Games special promotion train. If they can seal off the truth about the Shanghai bus and they can seal off the situation about epidemics, what couldn’t they not deceive the Chinese people and the rest of the world on?
Roland Soong of ESWN appears skeptical of the report and says the Apple Daily is representative of a “different brand of journalism that is not the kind that is taught in school”.
In related news, a gasoline leak on another public bus (No. 135) in Shanghai yesterday caused a major panic among passengers.
More pictures from the Apple Daily report after the jump.
And a real photo:
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