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Blast at Makeshift Gambling Site in China Kills 15

Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) -- China detained eight suspects after an explosion at a makeshift gambling venue killed 15 people in a village in the southwestern province of Guizhou, China National Radio reported, citing local police.

The blast, which occurred about 2:40 p.m. local time yesterday, also wounded eight people, the state-owned radio broadcaster reported. The tent venue was set up for gambling about a month ago on a remote slope, the report said, citing unnamed local villagers.

The explosion is being treated as a criminal case, the report said without providing details on possible motives or the suspects. Three of the eight detained turned themselves in to the police, according to the report.

Provincial leaders called for all-out efforts to aid the wounded and ordered a quick resolution to the case, according to the radio report.

To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Zhang Dingmin in Beijing at dzhang14@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Liu at jliu42@bloomberg.net

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