Beijing crash 'suicide attack'

Chinese authorities suspect yesterday's fatal Tiananmen Square car crash was the work of suicide attackers, Reuters has reported.

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Suspects arrested in Tiananmen Square 'attack'

Five suspects linked to the fatal Tiananmen Square fireball car crash have been arrested, Chinese state media reported today.

The three people who died in the jeep were a man, his mother and his wife, the official Xinhua news agency reported, giving names which appeared to identify them as ethnic Uighurs, a Muslim people who come from China's restive far western region of Xinjiang.

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China 'suspects Beijing crash was suicide attack'

Chinese authorities suspect yesterday's fatal Tiananmen Square car crash was the work of suicide attackers, Reuters reported, citing sources.

Chinese officials suspect yesterday's fatal car crash was the result of a suicide attack, according to Reuters sources.
Chinese officials suspect yesterday's fatal car crash was the result of a suicide attack, according to Reuters sources. Credit: Reuters

"It looks like a premeditated suicide attack," the source told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. "It was no accident. The jeep knocked down barricades and rammed into pedestrians. The three men [in the vehicle] had no plans to flee from the scene."

Police have yet to determine the identities of the three people in the jeep, the sources said. Yesterday evening Beijing police said they were looking for two suspects from the restive far western region of Xinjiang in connection with a "major incident".

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Report: Driver and passengers killed in Beijing crash

The three people killed by the car crash in Tiananmen Square were the driver and two passengers of a jeep that ploughed into crowds of people at the site, police said, according to Xinhua.

The newspaper also reported that 11 tourists and police officers were injured by the vehicle, which crashed into a guardrail of Jinshui Bridge before bursting into flames shortly after midnight, local time.

Evidence of fireball crash 'scrubbed away'

by - China Correspondent

All evidence of the car on fire in Tiananmen Square today has been scrubbed away.

A fire engine was the only remaining evidence of the crash that killed three people and injured many more.

A fire engine in was the only evidence left of the crash today in Tiananmen Square.
A fire engine in was the only evidence left of the crash today in Tiananmen Square. Credit: ITV News/Angus Walker

Plain clothes security were wiping down the railings removing any trace that there had been an "accident".

Tiananmen Square cleared after deadly crash

Tiananmen Square has been cleared of people following a fatal incident today that saw a car plough into crowds of people, killing three and injuring many more.

A canvas screen has been erected at the scene.
A canvas screen has been erected at the scene. Credit: ITV News/Angus Walker

According to an official police microblog, the car veered off the road at the north of the square, crossed the barriers and caught fire, injuring "many" tourists and police.

Three died and many more were injured following a crash in Tiananmen Square today.
Three died and many more were injured following a crash in Tiananmen Square today. Credit: ITV News/Angus Walker

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