There are—so far—very few official comments coming out from the Tiananmen Square car-incident yesterday, but ‘sources’ have apparently indicated that the crash and fire may have been part of a suicide attack involving Uighur Muslims. There are also rumors (aghast!) that the car may have been waving a white banner with black lettering, whose content is yet unknown.
South China Morning Post and The Guardian both ran very similar articles about these new revelations about the incident:
Government sources have said the “major incident” may have been a suicide attack.
“It looks like a premeditated suicide attack,” a government source told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. […]
Zhao Fuzhou, a security official at Beijing’s Xinjiang Dasha hotel, said police had circulated a notice searching for information about two suspects with Uighur names. Unconfirmed copies of the notice also were widely circulated on the internet.
One of the men, identified in the notice as Yusupu Wumaierniyazi, was listed as living at the address of a town in Xinjiang in which 24 police and civilians and 13 militants were killed in an attack on 26 June.
“It was no accident. The jeep knocked down barricades and rammed into pedestrians. The three men had no plans to flee from the scene,” a source who has ties to the leadership, speaking on condition of anonymity. […]
One eyewitness, who asked not to be identified due to the incident’s sensitive nature, said she saw the vehicle knocked down three or four people, and that it had a white banner with black lettering on it streaming from the back.
There have been reasonably few on-the-ground videos leaking from the event so far, but hopefully there will be more soon; Tiananmen Square isn’t exactly a quiet part of China, and there were surely some security cameras/convenient tourists who may have captured a view of aforementioned white banner, if it existed.