Earlier this evening, Shanghai police revealed some details about the man suspected of setting off a homemade explosion which injured four bystanders at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport yesterday.
In a statement posted to the Shanghai Public Security Bureau’s Weibo account, 29-year-old Zhou Xingbo was not described as having religious or political motives for the attack, rather he is described as a migrant worker with a bad habit for gambling online.
According to police, Zhou comes from Tongren in Guizhou province. After graduating high school in 2006, he moved around southern China from job to job, before finally ending up as a worker in an electronics factory in Kunshan, Jiangsu province.
Zhou frequently gambled online and lost his entire life’s savings. To get by, he was forced to borrow money from his friends. In a message on WeChat before the attack, Zhou said that he “owed a lot of money to a lot of people” and that he was “preparing to do something completely crazy that I will not survive.”
That turned out to be getting on a long-distance bus to Qingpu early on Sunday morning, transferring to a bus to Pudong airport and then throwing a beer bottle filled with firecrackers and gunpowder near a counter at the C-area check-in station at around 2:26 p.m. that afternoon.
Police said that they had also found remnants of fireworks at Zhou’s company dorm in Kunshan.
Four people were injured by shards of glass propelled by the explosion. Zhou himself tried to slash his throat with a knife. He was rushed to a local hospital and placed under intensive care in critical condition.
Following the attack, airport authorities announced that all passengers will be searched before entering the terminal building.
Watch a surveillance video of the explosion below: