China’s Olympic officials say they are confident heavy security will ensure a safe games, in the wake of an attack which killed 16 police officers. Coming four days before the start of the Beijing Olympics, security forces nationwide are on alert after a suspected terrorist group claimed responsibility.
According to China’s official news agency, Xinhua, two assailants drove a truck towards exercising border police in Kashgar, home of many Uighur people resentful of Chinese control in the area.
A militant Islamist group from the region recently claimed responsibility for a series of bombings that killed five people and vowed to carry out attacks on the Olympic Games. As yet, Olympic organisers say there is no evidence to suggest the strike was linked to the Games.