Date
28 May 2017
A soldier in protective gear sprays liquid on the debris at the site of the deadly blasts that hit Tianjin on Aug. 12. Photo: Reuters
A soldier in protective gear sprays liquid on the debris at the site of the deadly blasts that hit Tianjin on Aug. 12. Photo: Reuters

Chinese police arrest 12 suspects in Tianjin blasts

Chinese police have arrested 12 people suspected of involvement in the deadly blasts that hit the northern coastal city of Tianjin on Aug. 12 , the official Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.

Among those arrested was Yu Xuewei, chairman of Tianjin International Ruihai Logistics Co. Ltd., the company that had been storing up the chemicals that blew up in the accident, killing 139 and devastating the port area.

Also arrested were vice-chairman Dong Shexuan and three deputy general managers of the logistics firm, according to the police.

The news came a day after China sacked the head of its work safety regulator for suspected corruption.

Separately, the state prosecutor said on its website a probe into the incident had found officials from a range of agencies to have been irresponsible, negligent and lax in the supervision of Tianjin Ruihai, Reuters reported.

Among these agencies were Tianjin’s transport, land resources, work safety and customs offices, besides state-owned port companies.

 

It named 10 officials suspected of dereliction of duty and one suspected of abuse of power.

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