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25 probed for deadly blasts in Tianjin

By Xinhua
25 probed for deadly blasts in Tianjin
An aerial view of the explosion site in Binhai New Area, Tianjin on Aug 13, 2015. (Photo / Xinhua)

TIANJIN -- China's procuratorate has opened investigations into 25 people suspected of dereliction of duty and abuse of power over the deadly blasts in north China's port city Tianjin last year.

Yu Shiping, procurator general with the Tianjin People's Procuratorate, said on Tuesday that police also arrested another 22, including Yu Xuewei, chairman of Tianjin International Ruihai Logistics Corporation Limited, and vice-chairman Dong Shexuan.

"The accident reflected loopholes in production safety in Tianjin. We have learned our lesson," said Huang Xingguo, mayor of Tianjin.

On Aug 12, two explosions ripped through a warehouse storing hazardous chemicals and residences at Tianjin Port. The blasts claimed 173 lives, including 104 firefighters.

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