|Five held over Tiananmen 'terrorist attack,' police identify trio in jeep that crashed
Authorities have captured five suspects over a deadly car crash at Beijing's Tiananmen Square, state media said, describing the incident as a “terrorist attack'' for the first time.
“The arrests were made 10 hours after the incident, which has now been identified as a terrorist attack'', broadcaster CCTV said on its verified English-language microblog account.
Xinhua said five suspects have been arrested and that police called it a "terrorist attack.''
CCTV said the three people in the car, all of whom died, were from the same family, and another five people had been arrested in connection with the case.
With the cooperation of police authorities including those in northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Beijing police have captured the five suspects, a spokesman with the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau said.
Usmen Hasan, his mother and wife drove a jeep with a Xinjiang plate to crash into a crowd of people at noon on Monday, killing two people and injuring another 40, the spokesman said.
The jeep crashed into a guardrail of Jinshui Bridge across the moat of the Forbidden City. The three people in the jeep died after they set gasoline on fire, the spokesman said.—AFP/Xinhua