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Wan Xiuping
Ethnicity Han Chinese
Born ca. 1964
Died

April 14, 1987(1987-04-14) (aged 22)
Xi'an, People's Republic of China

Cause of death Executed
Penalty Sentenced to death
Attack information
Date March 13, 1987
~12 p.m.
Location(s) Xi'an, People's Republic of China
Target(s) Restaurant
Killed 0
Injured 20
Weapon(s) Two hand grenades

Wan Xiuping (also identified as Wan Xuiping) (Chinese: 万) was a Chinese peasant who wounded twenty people, five of them seriously, when detonating two hand grenades at the Jinjiang Hotel restaurant in Xi'an, People's Republic of China either on March 13, 1987.

Wan, who was from Nanzheng County, married a soldier in December 1984, but the union was unhappy and her husband eventually filed for divorce, which was granted on March 10, 1987. Despondent over this she put two grenades and 32 rounds of ammunition belonging to her former husband into a bag and drove to Xi'an on March 12.

On the morning of March 13 she wrote to her mother, sister, the county, and two women's federations, telling them she wanted to do something big. She also penned a suicide letter, which she took with her when she went to the restaurant located at Jiefang Road around noon. There the 22-year-old sat down at a table with a couple from New Zealand, put down her bag, and exploded the grenades, leaving the couple with leg injuries, while another 18 Chinese and she herself were wounded.

Wan was sentenced to death and deprived of all political rights. Her appeal was dismissed by the Higher People's Court in Shaanxi, and she was executed on April 14 the same year.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Foreign News Briefs, United Press International (March 17, 1987)
  2. Distraught divorcee blows up grenade in restaurant, The Straits Times (March 18, 1987)
  3. The World - Chinese execute grenade user, Beaver County Times (April 21, 1987)
  4. Woman executed for grenade blasts, Spokane Chronicle (April 21, 1987)
  5. Explosion case conviction, death, in China Report: Political, Sociological and Military Affairs, Issues 35-42; Foreign Broadcast Information Service, 1987. (p. 83)
  6. 王德山 & 侯海峰 (eds.): 以危险方法危害公共安全的犯罪, Vol. 13; 中國检察出版社, 1991. (p. 143)

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