Authorities in China have arrested two people accused of carrying out a suspected terrorist attack which killed 16 policemen in the restive Xinjiang region. Security’s been stepped up after the assailants drove a truck towards exercising border guards. They they reportedly threw two grenades and hacked at the victims with knives.
The attack took place in Kashgar, home of many Uighur people resentful of Chinese control on the region. Coming four days before the start of the Beijing Olympics, officials are linking the attack to a militant Islamic group which says it carried out a fatal bombing recently and has vowed to disrupt the Games.
As yet, there has been no claim of responsibility but China’s Olympic officials say they are confident heavy security will ensure a safe games.