Olympic Security Fears up After China Terror Attack

A bombing that killed 16 police in western Xinjiang underscores the vulnerability of areas outside of Beijing and heightens fears about Olympics security
An ethnic Muslim (2nd-L) is questioned by a Chinese policeman (L) as local police (R) look on at a security checkpoint on a highway in Keping County in China's far northwestern, mainly Muslim Xinjiang region on July 30, 2008. PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images

In the lead-up to the Summer Olympics, the Chinese government has launched a security clampdown in Beijing unprecedented in the country (BusinessWeek.com, 07/28/08). But in other parts of China, the security presence is not as intense, and on Aug. 4, terrorists took advantage. An attack on a border armed-police division in the far western region of Xinjiang killed 16 policemen and injured 16 others, China's official Xinhua news agency reported. Two attackers driving a truck threw explosives at a group of policemen as they were jogging along the street doing their morning exercises. According to Xinhua, police arrested the two and suspect the raid was the work of terrorists.

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