Xin­jiang Xin­jiang is­sues pub­lishes ad­vice on ter­ror­ism ter­ror at­warn­ings

China Daily (Canada) - - XINJIANG - By GAO BO in Beijing gaobo@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A brochure on how to han­dle ter­ror­ist at­tacks has been pub­lished in China’s north­west Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion on Oct 24.

The re­gion is re­garded as the main bat­tle­field and front­line of anti-ter­ror­ism ef­forts since the coun­try launched a year­long crack­down on ter­ror­ism, after an at­tack at a morn­ing mar­ket in Urumqi, the cap­i­tal of the re­gion, on May 22 left 39 peo­ple dead and 94 in­jured.

The brochure, com­piled by the re­gion’s Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Depart­ment, is a guide for the pub­lic on how to iden­tify, avoid and fight against ter­ror­ist at­tacks us­ing real cases as ex­am­ples, said Zhang Yubo, head of pub­lic­ity for the depart­ment.

The book­let has five chap­ters: def­i­ni­tions and types of ter­ror­ist at­tacks; how to iden­tify an at­tack; ex­am­ples at home and abroad; key ter­ror groups around the world; and ne­ti­zens’ ad­vice on how to es­cape an at­tack.

The re­cent at­tacks all oc­curred with­out warn­ing, said Zhang, who is also one of the brochure’s au­thors.

How­ever, as long as one has a ba­sic knowl­edge of how to safe­guard against or fight ter­ror­ists, one might es­cape or min­i­mize the losses caused by the en­coun­ters.

Within five min­utes of the at­tack at the Urumqi mar­ket on May 22, about 5,000 peo­ple had been evac­u­ated from the 400-me­ter-long mar­ket to three small lanes and seven large com­pounds, an of­fi­cer said.

The rapid evac­u­a­tion was the re­sult of train­ing and drills the po­lice sta­tion had pro­vided for ven­dors and nearby com­mu­ni­ties, said Yang Kaizhou, di­rec­tor of a lo­cal po­lice sta­tion. “The pub­lic­ity and ad­vance train­ing took ef­fect,” Yang said.

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