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China detains 12 over Tianjin blasts

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By Euronews
China detains 12 over Tianjin blasts

<p>Twelve people have been “formally detained” in China after the <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/08/12/video-footage-shows-massive-explosion-in-tianjian-china/">massive explosions in Tianjin</a> earlier this month.</p> <p>Among them are the chairman, vice-chairman and three deputy general managers of the company that owned the warehouse containing dangerous chemicals.</p> <p>On top of the arrests 11 officials and port executives have been accused of dereliction of duty or abuse of power.</p> <p>News of the detentions comes a day after the head of China’s work safety regulator, Yang Dongliang, was suspended for corruption.</p> <p>He was also a former vice mayor of Tianjin.</p> <p>The state prosecutor said officials from a range of agencies, including Tianjin’s land resources, work safety and customs offices have been irresponsible and negligent.</p> <p>China’s state-run Xinhua news agency says 139 people were killed in the blasts, 84 of them were fire fighters.</p> <p>Meanwhile 34 people remain missing.</p> <p>Of the 700 who were reportedly injured in the blasts 527 are still in hospital.</p>