Railway police in Shanghai have raised security to its highest level following Saturday’s stabbing rampage at Kunming Railway Station in which assailants carrying large knives violently attacked and killed passengers indiscriminately.
Shanghai Daily reports that armed officers were on patrol all day yesterday, administering spot checks on passengers.
The railway police also tightened real-name checks on major routes and there will be more officers on board trains from Shanghai to Beijing this week when the capital will be hosting the annual sessions of the national political advisory body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Congress, and China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress.
Shanghai has also ordered stricter anti-terrorist checks in public places where large crowds would be expected to gather.
The city’s airports also tightened security yesterday.
Passengers are being asked to open carry-on luggage for inspections more frequently, a security official at Hongqiao International Airport said.
Security has likewise been stepped up at Kunming airports and railway stations and around Tiananmen Square.
As of writing, the Associated Press reports that 29 people were killed during the stabbings and that police shot four of the assailants, putting the overall death toll at 33. Around 143 have been reported as wounded.
Xinhua reports that the act was carried out by “Xinjiang separatist forces,” but the identity of the assailants has yet to be confirmed.
“All-out efforts should be made to treat the injured people, severely punish terrorists according to the law, and prevent the occurrence of similar cases,” Politiburo member Meng Jianzhu, who arrived in Kunming on Sunday, said in a statement.
Members of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference paid silent tribute to the victims of the attack during the opening of the second session of the 12th National Committee of the CPPCC in Beijing today.