The sole suspect in the series of parcel bomb attacks which took place in Guangxi province a few days ago was allegedly angry with the local government for failure to intervene in a dispute with villagers over a stone quarry he had an interest in.
According to SCMP, the Guangxi police believe that 33-year-old Wei Yinyong was behind the blasts after DNA tests confirmed his remains were found at one of the blast sites. No other suspects have been named.
A police report said that the explosions were all caused by time bombs which Wei either delivered personally or dispatched by courier. His actions were reportedly due to anger over a dispute with villagers over a stone quarry he had spent money trying to develop.
Wei had been manager of the Zhihao Stone Quarry since its opening in 2003, and in 2010 took out bank loans along with the quarry’s founder in order to buy more than a million yuan worth of equipment to upgrade the quarry.
Infuriated by frequently explosions which were taking place at the quarry, local residents marched to the site in October 2013 and smashed up machinery, forcing a shutdown in operations. Wei pleaded with the government to help find a resolution to the problem.
Sources say that Wei had become increasingly withdrawn by the latter half of 2014, with the local government dragging its heels over intervening. Posting on social media he said: “When it comes to a day when I become crazy, please remember I have been fooled like an idiot when I was pure and innocent.”
Wei’s father, however, does not believe that he could have planned the explosions. “I don’t accept the accusations,” he said. “There’s not enough evidence.”