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Angry man set bus fire that killed 47 in China, authorities say

Police found a suicide note at his home and family members were quoted as saying he had been petitioning the government over the denial of social security benefits.

BEIJING -- Chinese police said Saturday that a disgruntled man set a fire that roared through a commuter bus Friday in Xiamen, leaving 47 people dead including himself, Chinese state media reported. The suspect was identified as Chen Shuizong, 59. Police found a suicide note at his home and family members were quoted as saying he had been petitioning the government over the denial of social security benefits. Petitioning is a longrunning Chinese system for addressing grievances by sending letters to government agencies for lack of a well-functioning judicial system.

http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-chinese-authorities-arrest-man-for-setting-fatal-bus-fire-that-killed-47-people-20130608,0,274281.story