Date
14 December 2017
High fences have been put up outside some Beijing metro stations to control crowds as they queue to pass through security checks. Photos: Beijing News
High fences have been put up outside some Beijing metro stations to control crowds as they queue to pass through security checks. Photos: Beijing News

Are queuing Beijing commuters in terrorist firing line?

Extensive security fences erected at three key Beijing metro stations in the wake of a deadly terror attack could make commuters bigger targets for assailants, Apple Daily reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed source.

The authorities put up isolation fences about 1.8 meters high to control queues at the Tiantongyuan North, Longze and Bajiao Amusement Park stations after ramping up security checks at the hubs, the report said.

But one unnamed commuter said the queuing crowd could be ideal targets for terrorists, with the high fences blocking people from escape and raising the risk of a stampede.

The three metro hubs link the city’s suburbs with its central business districts, and the new airport-style security checks at the stations have doubled the time it takes to get on a train, the Beijing News quoted one commuter as saying. Others complained that the checks are pointless.

The high-level checks had previously been limited to the six subway stations around Tiananmen Square.

Beijing has raised security, particularly on public transport, since terrorists killed 39 people and injured more than 90 in Urumqi, Xinjiang, last week. Monday also marked the start of a yearlong crackdown on terrorism. 

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Some say subway station fences could stop commuters from fleeing a terrorist attack.


Security fences at Beijing metro stations have raised safety concerns.


Subway security checks have added to travel time for some commuters.


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