China: At least 1 killed in explosions in restive Xinjiang region

Several explosions on Sunday rocked a county in western China, killing at least one, a hospital official and state media said, amid tightened security after an attack earlier this week before the start of the Beijing Olympics. The early morning explosions occurred in Kuqa county in the south of the Muslim region of Xinjiang, said a woman who was on duty at the emergency unit of the Kuqa People's Hospital. "There were several explosions in several places in the county seat of Kuqa this morning and we heard them from the hospital," said the woman, who would only give her last name, Tian. One man was confirmed dead upon arrival at the hospital while several other people were in critical condition after sustaining injuries, she said.