Xinjiang 'suspects' named after Tiananmen crash

Xinjiang 'suspects' named after Tiananmen crash
A paramilitary policeman detains a woman who threw papers believed to be her petition papers near the main entrance of the Forbidden City, where the giant portrait of late Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong is hanged and the car incident happened on Monday, in Beijing October 29, 2013. Chinese police were looking for two suspects from its restive Xinjiang region in connection with Monday's "major incident", after five people were killed when a vehicle ploughed into pedestrians and caught fire in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. At least 38 people were injured in the incident, but there has been no official word whether it was an accident or an attack.

BEIJING - Chinese police have named two suspects from the restive Xinjiang region after a car crash on Beijing's Tiananmen Square killed five people, state-run media said Tuesday, as analysts said the incident looked like a premeditated attack.

The crash -- in which a sport utility vehicle drove along the pavement, ploughed into crowds and caught fire at the capital's best-known and most sensitive site -- killed three people in the car and two tourists, according to Beijing police.

The square lies next to the Forbidden City, a former imperial palace and top tourist attraction, and was the location of pro-democracy protests in 1989 that were violently crushed by authorities.

In a notice to hotels, police identified two suspects and four car number plates, all from Xinjiang, in relation to a "major case" on Monday, the Global Times reported.

Police also instructed hotels to watch out for "suspicious" guests and vehicles, said the paper, which is close to the ruling Communist Party.

It carried the details in its English-language edition, but the Chinese version did not mention Xinjiang.

Security guards from several hotels in Beijing confirmed they had received a police notice.

A version posted online by, a Sichuan-based human rights news portal, gave the suspects' names, identity numbers and registered residences, while urging hotels to report potential clues.

Its veracity could not be confirmed by AFP.

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