Airport authorities have announced that all passengers will be searched before entering the terminal building following yesterday’s blast which injured five.
The blast took place at 2:26 p.m. yesterday in Terminal 2. Police report that a man in his thirties ignited and threw a beer bottle loaded with explosives into a queue near a counter in check-in area C, where flights operated by Thai Airways and Philippine Airlines are handled.
Shanghai police have said that the man then slashed his own throat with a knife following the attack. He is described as being in his thirties and in a critical condition.
Four of the injured, including the bomber, are currently being treated at Pudong New Area People’s Hospital. In addition to the attacker, those receiving treatment are reported to be a 67-year-old man, 64-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man from the Philippines.
“A beer bottle with a burning fuse rolled into the queue when we were waiting for the check-in,” said Susan Shen, a passenger who was waiting to check in for a flight to Bangkok. “And then suddenly the bottle exploded with a loud bang and colorful flash like fireworks. Later, a similar bottle rolled in and triggered the second explosion,” she said.
“The man was about to take something out from his bag then, maybe another beer bottle,” said another witness surnamed Yang. “But a male passenger in his 50s stopped him by bumping into him with a luggage trolley. After he fell, I came to have a closer look and found a serious cut on his neck.”
While check-in area C was cordoned off following the attack, Shanghai Daily reports that airport operations were hardly affected by the incident, with only three flights being delayed.