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Woman threatens to blow up gambling hall where she lost 130,000 yuan

A WOMAN threatened to set off explosives in an illegal gaming room in Chongming County after she lost 130,000 yuan (US$21,138) on gambling machines, but instead fainted due to high blood sugar and was sent to a hospital, police said yesterday.

The woman, 48, whose name was not released, became addicted to gambling after a neighbor took her to a nearby game room in November to cheer her up after an investment of hers failed.

She won some money at the beginning but then lost 130,000 yuan over three months.

On February 28, a gambling machine broke when she thought she was about to win over 6,000 yuan. She got into a dispute with the gaming room owner and he hit her on the head, causing her to fall to the ground, police said.

Driven by anger at the owner, she bought firecrackers and put the gunpowder inside them into glass bottles.

She took the bottles to the gaming room and used an iron bar there to damage the machines. She also threatened the workers who tried to stop her by shouting that she had explosives. But she fainted as her blood sugar spiraled while she was angry.

Police called to the scene removed the bottles with gunpowder, and the woman was sent to a hospital, where she was questioned by police.

Police seized some of the machines in the gaming room but didn't disclose any charges that might be filed against the woman or the owner.


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