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Series of blasts in China kill 5

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • One blast at a tax office leaves four dead in central China
  • A preliminary police probe indicates the attack was planned
  • Another person was killed in separate explosions at a barbershop in the northeast

(CNN) -- A blast at a tax office that left four dead and 19 injured in central China was a deliberate attack, state media reported Saturday.

The explosion Friday struck a local tax office near a downtown residential block in Changsha city, Xinhua news agency reported.

It left the third-floor windows shattered. A preliminary probe shows the Friday attack was planned, police said.

An investigation is underway.

A separate series of explosions at a barbershop in northeast China killed one person and injured 20, Xinhua said.

The barbershop attacks were in Jilin province.