Date
25 September 2017
There has been speculation that a cult group may be behind an explosion at a restaurant in Anda city in China on Sunday. Photo: youth.cn
There has been speculation that a cult group may be behind an explosion at a restaurant in Anda city in China on Sunday. Photo: youth.cn

Blast at Heilongjiang restaurant injures three

An explosion at a fast-food restaurant in Anda city in China’s Heilongjiang province on Sunday has injured at least three police officers, Ming Pao Daily News reported.

A restaurant named Dicos received an anonymous phone call at around 9:30 am on June 8, saying that there would be an explosion in five minutes. City police rushed to the scene to evacuate people, at which point the explosion occurred and three officers were injured, the report said.

All the windows were shattered and the entire two-storey building was on fire after the explosion. Witnesses said there were two explosions after a man went into the restaurant and left behind a bag.

Police are investigating the incident, with some speculating that it could be some sort of a revenge attack.

A man from Harbin’s Hulan district has been arrested, news portal Sina.com confirmed early Monday.

Sources said the explosion might be related to an active religious cult. The restaurant was 150 kilometers away from the Harbin origin of the heretic sect Church of Almighty God, also known as Quannengshen, which has been fast expanding in the mainland in recent years, Apple Daily reported Monday.

Official sources were quoted as saying that there are around 20 illegal cult organizations in China, with 11 of them considered the more active ones.

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