Date
20 November 2017
Police check a gas station in Beijing as part of security precautions on the eve of the anniversary of a deadly attack in Xinjiang. Photo: CCTV
Police check a gas station in Beijing as part of security precautions on the eve of the anniversary of a deadly attack in Xinjiang. Photo: CCTV

Beijing tightens security on eve of Xinjiang attack annivesary

Beijing has tightened security on the eve of the fifth anniversary of a terrorist attack in Xinjiang province which left 197 dead and injured more than 1,700, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

Security forces have been placed on high alert and more than 850,000 volunteers have been deployed to patrol certain areas in the capital.

In Changan Avenue, a key thoroughfare, barriers have been erected against potential car bomb attacks and police presence beefed up.

Pedestrians are being required to produce identity cards and undergo security checks on Tiananmen Square, which was the scene of a car suicide attack that killed five people in October 2013.

Safety checks at 995 gas stations have been carried out since Wednesday, China News Service reported.

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