Prosecutors in far western China have indicted eight people over an attack on the edge of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square last October in which a car ploughed into a crowd and caught fire, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.
The government of the region of Xinjiang also unveiled new policies to underpin a year-long, nationwide anti-terrorism campaign launched on May 25, offering rewards for weapons turned in to the police and mandating that companies hire more locals.
The anti-terrorism drive has focused on Xinjiang, home to a large Muslim Uighur minority, following a series of bloody attacks that Beijing blames on Islamists and separatists from the region.
The government blamed the Beijing attack separatist militants from Xinjiang. Three people in the car and two bystanders were killed, and 40 were injured.
The procuratorate of Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, accused the eight being indicted of “organising, leading and participating (in) a terrorist group and endangering public security with dangerous method”, Xinhua said.
Separately, the Xinjiang police started offering cash rewards for weapons and information on caches of weapons, Xinhua reported separately on Saturday.
Bullets will fetch five 5 yuan apiece, a kilogram of dynamite will get 20 yuan, grenades and landmines are good for 100 yuan and people who give tips that prevent or break up an “explosives-related terrorist case” can be rewarded as much as 30,000 yuan, it said.
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