Beijing on alert after Tian'anmen terror attack

Updated: 2013-11-03 11:13


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BEIJING - Beijing's Party chief Guo Jinlong has called for enhanced capacity to prevent the Chinese capital from terrorist attacks after a car crash in Tian'anmen Square killed five people and injured another 40.

During a two-day inspection tour lasted from November 1 to 2, Guo urged police and security forces to "look for vulnerable links" and "learn a lesson" from the Tian'anmen terrorist attack, the Beijing Daily reported Sunday.

Guo, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, stressed the importance of quick response to emergencies and asked police and security forces to raise their awareness in countering terrorism and violence.

Police are asked to strengthen security in key areas, enhance their capacity to collect intelligence and take precautions against terrorist attacks, the newspaper reported.

Authorities in downtown districts are required to strengthen urban management, crack down on violations of laws and regulations, and improve management of rented housing, small and medium-sized inns and floating population.

A jeep crashed into a guardrail of Jinshui Bridge across the moat of the Forbidden City at noon October 28. Police said the three people in the jeep died after they set gasoline inside the vehicle on fire.

The dead also include a Filipino tourist and a tourist from south China's Guangdong Province.

Chinese police have identified the deadly crash as a terrorist attack and detained five suspects.