A sports-utility vehicle carrying three people drove through a crowd in Tiananmen Square on Monday, Oct. 28, killing two pedestrians. The car crashed into the bridge at the entrance to the Forbidden City before bursting into flames, killing the driver and passengers. Police quickly cordoned off the square, and news of the event was widely censored in Chinese media and online. In an online statement, Beijing police called it a “rigorously planned, organized, premeditated, violent terrorist attack.” Five suspected accomplices were arrested Monday night and have confessed to being involved. Police described them as Islamic militants and ethnic Uighurs from Xinjiang province in northwest China. Chinese media has called for heightened security, and armed police patrols have been increased in Xinjiang. Rebiya Kadeer, president of the World Uighur Congress in Munich, says she remains skeptical of the official account of the attack and that it was unlikely to be the work of a Uighur militant group. (New York Times, Oct. 29; New York Times, Reuters, Washington Post, Oct. 30; Reuters, Oct. 31, 2013)
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