Police in Xinjiang are on the search for family members of one of the suspects who died in an apparent suicide bombing at Urumqi’s main railway station last week, Reuters reports.
Authorities identified two assailants who carried out the attack, including 39-year-old Sedirdin Sawut, who state-run media said was influenced by “extreme religious thoughts”.
The Global Times said that police are now looking for Sawut’s wife, father, two cousins and his father-in-law, who are all suspected of helping Sawut in the attack and have missing since the event.
Police are also looking for two other men who may have been involved in making bombs, Reuters reports.
Experts quoted in the South China Morning Post criticized the Xinjiang government’s inability to prevent the attack, especially considering President Xi Jinping was visiting the region at the time, and another pointed out that the use of bombs that could have killed Uygur bystanders indicates that assailants carrying out such attacks are becoming more indiscriminate in their targets.