China beefs up security at railway stations
Beijing: China has stepped up security at railway stations nation-wide after the third mass knife attack in recent weeks, while the troubled Xinjiang province today unveiled a plan to send two lakh officials to villages to contain militancy specially among the native Muslim Uygurs.
Security was stepped up overnight at China`s major railway stations following yesterday`s knife attack at Guangzhou Railway Station, which injured six people.
To restore confidence among public in the light of deadly knife attacks in three stations since March 1, a public security minister and two deputy public security ministers visited railway stations in big cities including Beijing and Shanghai yesterday night to inspect the security.
An attacker armed with a long knife went on slashing rampage at Guangzhou railway station. He is in police custody.
The attack came less than a week after an explosion at a railway station in Urumqi capital of Xinjiang, home to ethnic minority Uygurs.
That attack was timed with the first visit of President Xi Jinping to the province.
Earlier on March 1, a group of eight militants attacked people at the Kunming railway station with knives in which 33 people including three militants from Xinjiang were killed and 143 others wounded.
"The anti-terrorism condition facing China is grave," a report released by the Centre for International Strategy and Security Studies said.
It further said China is poorly prepared to deal with terror attacks.
The country suffered 10 terrorist attacks in 2013. The most serious attack took place on October 28 when a jeep ploughed into crowds on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, killing five including three terrorists inside the vehicle, and injuring another 40, it said adding that the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) later claimed responsibility for the attack.
Meanwhile State run Global Times reported that Xinjiang government plans to send two lakh officials to villages as part of efforts to fight terrorism by winning local people`s hearts through a public campaign in the next three years.
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