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Police probe explosions in Qinghai Province

POLICE authorities in northwest China's Qinghai Province are questioning six suspects after two police vehicles in a timber farm were hit by minor explosions on Monday, following clashes between forest police and residents.

"It was a normal criminal case according to our initial investigation," said Shi Baoguo, deputy head of Makehe Forest Bureau, yesterday.

The emergency lights and roofs of a police car and a fire engine were destroyed by unsophisticated homemade explosives at about 2:15am, police said.

"Some farmers and herdsmen illegally logged and transported timber in Makehe, which cause conflicts with the forest protection authorities," said Shi.

The forest police have confiscated about 25 cubic meters of timber, two trucks and three motorcycles since last winter, which angered the illegal loggers, he said.

On Sunday afternoon, forest police stopped a local resident's timber truck at a checkpoint in Makehe Forest Farm near Baima, a remote county in Golog. They were stopped for a routine check of their cargo and licenses, police said.

A quarrel broke out between the occupants of the vehicle and the police, which led to dozens of residents gathering at the station to protest. The crowd didn't disperse until midnight. At about 2:15am the two police vehicles were hit by explosions.


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