A knife attack on a public security officer during a traffic stop in southern Xinjiang yesterday leaves one suspect dead and one officer injured in the latest terror-related incident to threaten China's domestic security in as many months, according to the Chinese language World Journal.
The knife-wielding suspect was shot dead by police after he allegedly threw an explosive at the officer from inside his car.
China's Public Security Bureau was already tightening security at the Beijing train station and Tiananman Square following a knife attack by a group of ethnic Uighurs at the Kunming train station in southern China that killed twenty nine people on March 1, a bomb explosion in the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi that claimed three lives on April 30, and another knife attack by an individual at the train station in Guangzhou that injured six people on Tuesday,.
The massacre in Kunming drew condemnation by the international community including the United States, which labeled the incident a terrorist attack.
Police yesterday confirmed through DNA tests that the suspect in the Guangzhou train station incident was an ethnic Uighur from Xinjiang province who had committed previous offenses.
The Public Security Bureau has increased patrols and conducted drills at train stations in major cities across the nation including Guangzhou and Beijing and has built a metal guard rail along Chang An Street outside the Forbidden City in Beijing.