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Chinese Citizen Among Three Dead in Boston Marathon Blasts

Chinese Citizen Among Three Dead in Boston Marathon Blasts
Those killed in the blast at the Boston Marathon on April 15 were identified as Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, and Lu Lingzi. Source: Family Photos & Facebook via Bloomberg

A Chinese citizen was one of three people killed in the bomb explosion at the Boston Marathon on April 15, while a second underwent two surgeries to treat wounds suffered in the blast.

The wounded citizen is Zhou Danling, according to Li Zhimin, a spokesman for the Chinese consulate in New York. While the consulate won’t identify the dead person because of a family request, Li said Chinese citizen Lu Lingzi is missing.

Official Chinese media including state television provided detailed coverage of the two blasts at the marathon finish line. China Central Television spoke to Wang Shi, the chairman of China Vanke Co. who was at the scene, while Lu’s name was the second most popular search term on Chinese search engine today.

China “denounces and opposes any kind of bombing that is targeted at civilians,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a briefing yesterday in Beijing.

Zhou, a graduate student at Boston University, underwent two surgeries at Boston Medical Center after the blast, Xinhua reported. She is in serious condition, Boston Medical Center spokeswoman Gina Orlando said in a phone interview.

Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV reported that Lu was among the three dead. It said she was a Boston University student from the Chinese city of Shenyang.

The university said yesterday that one student died and another was seriously injured in the blasts. University President Robert A. Brown didn’t disclose the name of either student in an e-mail. Lu Lingzi is listed as a graduate student on the school’s website.

Homegrown Radical

The other two people killed in the blast were identified as Martin Richard, 8, and Krystle Campbell, 29. U.S. investigators are examining if the two explosions were the work of a homegrown radical as evidence suggested the bomber used weapons made from metal pressure cookers.

“Chinese citizens are sometime victims of terrorist attacks but rarely the target of such attacks overseas,” said Ye Hailin, a terrorism researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. “I don’t see implications from the Boston bombing on China’s anti-terrorism policy.”

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