Three die after car crash at Tian’anmen

 

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Three die after car crash

at Tian’anmen 

 

 

By Liang Saiyu, Yao Yuan and Lu Guoqiang

 

A driver and two passengers were killed after a jeep crashed into a crowd of people and caught fire in front of the Tian’anmen rostrum in downtown Beijing on Monday of October 28, police said.

Eleven tourists and police officers were also injured by the jeep, which crashed into a guardrail of Jinshui Bridge on the moat of the Forbidden City before bursting into flames at 12:05 p.m., according to municipal police and Beijing Emergency Medical Center.

Police have arrived at the scene. The fire was put out soon after.

The eleven injured have been sent to hospitals nearby.

A further investigation is underway.

 

 

Photo by Chen Yuan

 

 

 

 

 

NEW POST   updated on October 30, 2013

 

Five detained

over Tian’anmen

terrorist attack

 

By Meng Na, Li Zhihui and Fu Shuangqi

 

Chinese police have identified Monday’s deadly crash at downtown Beijing’s Tian’anman Square as a terrorist attack and five suspects have been detained.

The attack was “carefully planned, organized and premeditated,” police said.

With the cooperation of police authorities including those in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Beijing police have captured five suspects who had been at large, a spokesman with the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau said on Wednesday of October 30.

Usmen Hasan, his mother, Kuwanhan Reyim, and his wife, Gulkiz Gini, drove a jeep with a Xinjiang plate to crash into a crowd of people at noon on Monday, killing two people and injuring another 40, the spokesman said.

The jeep crashed into a guardrail of Jinshui Bridge across the moat of the Forbidden City. The three people in the jeep died after they set gasoline inside the vehicle on fire, according to the spokesman.

Police found gasoline, equipment full of gasoline, two knives and steel sticks as well as a flag with extremist religious content in the jeep.

Police have also found knives and at least one “jihad” flag in the temporary residence of the five detained suspects.

The suspects caught in connection with the incident are Husanjan Wuxur, Gulnar Tuhtiniyaz, Yusup Umarniyaz, Bujanat Abdukadir and Yusup Ahmat.

According to the spokesman, they admitted that they knew Usmen Hasan and conspired to plan and carry out the attack. They said they had not expected that the police could capture them only about 10 hours after the incident.

Further investigation into the case is under way.

Police said the two people killed in the attack were a Philippine female tourist and a male tourist from south China’s Guangdong Province.

The injured include three tourists from the Philippines as well as a male tourist from Japan.

The government has urged all-out efforts to save the lives of the injured, a quick search for the truth behind the incident and strong measures to guarantee the safety and stability of the capital city.

The injured are receiving treatment at nearby hospitals. Doctors have carried out operations, bandaging and other emergency treatment measures according to their injuries.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said on Wednesday that China expressed condolences to the victims, pledging to provide necessary assistance to relevant countries.

“We feel grieved for the unfortunate incident, and express condolences to the innocent victims and solicitude to the bereaved families and the injured,” Hua said at a daily press briefing in response to the incident.

The Chinese government informed the embassies of relevant countries in Beijing in time after the incident. It also facilitated visits to the injured by consuls of relevant countries, she said, adding that the Chinese side will continue to provide necessary assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

NEW POST   updated on November 7, 2013

 

COMMENTARY

 

Call Tian’anmen attack

what it was: terrorism

 

By Wang Zichen, Liu Tong and Cao Kai

 

Days after the terrorist attack in Tian’anmen Square which killed two civilians and injured another 40, the United States’ refusal to acknowledge it as a terrorist attack laid in plain sight a double standard on terrorism.

After repeated questioning in recent press briefings, and despite the Chinese government’s detailed revelations on the attack, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State would say only that the United States was continuing to monitor the situation closely and determine the facts of what happened on the ground.

At noon on October 28, three people set gasoline on fire inside a jeep after crashing the vehicle into a crowd of people. The dead included a Philippine female tourist and a Chinese male tourist. Three tourists from the Philippines as well as a male tourist from Japan were among those injured.

Gasoline, equipment full of gasoline, two knives and steel bars as well as a flag bearing extremist religious references were found in the jeep, while five conspiring suspects were later arrested and admitted to the attack, all evidence that the incident was a carefully planned, organized and premeditated act of terrorism.

It is difficult to conclude that the incident — indiscriminately targeting innocent civilians under the international spotlight — was anything other than a terrorist attack. In stark contrast to the U.S. State Department’s bewildering choice of words, French President Francois Hollande condemned the attack within three days.

More troubling has been reactions from leading Western media and experts that focused not on the cruelty of the violent crime but on the hypothetical “cry of desperation” behind it, as one American professor opined on the website of CNN.

The fact that the perpetrators were of Chinese Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region origin apparently gave these pundits pause in condemning the attack, but they marched with little hesitation to elaborate their biased reading of life and goings-on in Xinjiang.

Granted, it is within one’s freedom to disagree with Chinese mainstream understanding of development and progress in Xinjiang, but failure to acknowledge the Tian’anmen attack as an act of terrorism is another matter entirely.

Linking it with ethnic and religious issues, or using it as a pretense to criticize China’s domestic policies while stopping short of denouncing the attack itself is condoning terrorism, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman has said.

To rationalize terrorism is to invite more of it. Terrorists have always had their own supposed desperation and animosity, but were these grievances to be indulged as an explanation behind deliberate use of violence against civilians, such reasoning could be applied to any violent extremists anywhere.

Grounded in absolute morality that brooks no excuses, rationalizations or justifications, terrorism knows no boundaries, as recent history showed, be it a Chinese girl killed in the Boston Marathon bombings, or the Filipino mother who died in Beijing.

It is exactly these tragic consequences that make counter-terrorism an international commitment. A serious discussion about the Tian’anmen attack must begin by calling it what it really was: an act of terrorism.

 

 

 

 

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