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Bomb in box sent to ex-girlfriend

A man who allegedly mailed a self-made bomb in an attempt to kill his girlfriend after the couple broke up has been arrested and charged, Pudong New Area prosecutors said yesterday.

The suspect, surnamed He, in his 30s, met his girlfriend through an online game in October 2010.

The pair soon began a relationship and moved into an apartment after divorcing their spouses, prosecutors said.

But the sweet time was short-lived as He's girlfriend asked the Jiangsu Province native to buy an apartment in Shanghai as a condition to marry him.

He said he had little money after divorcing his ex-wife. And his parents, who objected to his second marriage, refused to lend money to him.

Last October, He's girlfriend told him she had a new boyfriend and refused to see him, a prosecutor said.

"I was making every effort to marry her but she betrayed me," He said.

The angry man bought firecrackers, steel balls and fittings and produced a bomb.

He hid the device in a paper box and mailed it to his girlfriend's home in Shanghai by express last December, prosecutors said.

An elderly couple signed for the express delivery because their daughter, the receiver, was at work.

They phoned their daughter but she did not know where the parcel came from.

The parents opened the delivery carefully and were shocked to see two black tubes in a shape similar to detonators. They moved it to an open area and reported to the police, prosecutors said.

Anti-explosion police rushed to the scene and defused the bomb, which was set to be detonated when the paper box linked to the sender was opened, police said.

Prosecutors said the couple were lucky because the paper box was broken, enabling them to see the bomb inside without opening it.

The bomb later was detonated in a safe place, causing an explosion so powerful that experts said people standing within a radius of 6 to 7 meters would have been killed.

Under Chinese law, He could face up to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors said the bomb not only threatened the target but also endangered innocent people, including the delivery men.

China has drafted new standards to regulate express services, which will take effect on May 1.

Under the new standards, senders will be required to open their parcels and show identification cards while recipients are able to check the delivery contents before putting their signatures on products that they purchase by mail, television or on the Internet.


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