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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.