Beijing bomber says foreigner was a target

AP News
Posted: Mar 30, 2011 11:55 PM
Beijing bomber says foreigner was a target

A Chinese state newspaper says a 22-year-old man charged with setting off a homemade bomb that injured an American student in central Beijing was targeting foreigners.

The China Daily said Thursday that Lei Sen told a Beijing court he detonated the bomb using firecrackers, wires and a battery in October as the American approached. The victim suffered minor leg injuries.

Lei told the court he "intended to target foreigners."

The report said the motive was "to avenge a personal grudge against society," but it did not elaborate.

Lei is charged with endangering public security and if convicted could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.