Was Tiananmen Crash a Suicide Attack?
Death toll hits 5; police eye Xinjiang region
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 29, 2013 10:26 AM CDT
A tourist holds up a Chinese flag as he poses for photos near a Chinese paramilitary policeman on duty in front of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong's portrait on Tiananmen Gate.   (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

(Newser) – The death toll following yesterday's SUV crash in Tiananmen Square has climbed to five, with two tourists—a Chinese man and a Filipina woman—dead along with the vehicle's occupants. "It looks like a premeditated suicide attack," says a Reuters source. If so, it would be the first to have taken place so close to Chinese government headquarters. "It was no accident," notes a second source. "The three men had no plans to flee from the scene." One witness tells Reuters a banner bearing black lettering was attached to the rear of the car, and sources say the vehicle's occupants are believed to have lit the SUV on fire using a flammable material.

The car traveled 1,200 feet before coming to a stop, avoiding trees, street lights, and at least one security checkpoint along the way. Authorities last night sent a notice to hotels in the city aimed at tracing the recent movements of two suspects with Uighur names, reports the AP. Radicals among the Muslim Turkic Uighurs have been fighting a low-intensity insurgency against Chinese rule for years, and while there have been "a lot of bombings carried out by Uighur groups ... none of them as far as I know have involved suicide," says an expert in Hong Kong.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Oct 30, 2013 12:35 PM CDT
Don't buy all the BS from China about their crime rates. Its high even for the top population of Earth. Remember the US Olympic coach murdered in cold blood right in front of his family? The tribunal system they use for justice does not have any impact on crime prevention. Its like the death penalty in the USA has never been preventative, it just does not affect people who murder. China's death penalty is even more harsh because your appeals are highly limited. Your are convicted at the tribunal and then you appeal to party officials who can take the case or reject it. Most likely they will reject it unless the convicted person's family can afford a nice "donation" to the party. Even then, appeals are often turned down and they convene the firing squad. The family of the convicted then get the bill for the bullets, guard labor, cleanup costs, and then burial costs. Suicide is the choice for many crimes because they don't want to be sent to the gravel colonies. One area where I agree with China is making fun of the US legal system. Considering that my state spends 1/3 of our entire state budget on corrections, I have to agree we are seriously messed up.
Oct 29, 2013 10:40 AM CDT
How's your undying support for Pakistan and its terrorism working out for you China?
Oct 29, 2013 10:38 AM CDT
China has a new problem.