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.