Three people were sentenced to death today for carrying out the deadly attack at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square last October that left five people dead and 40 more injured, Reuters reports.
Another attacker was given a life sentence and four more connected to the crimes received jail terms between five to 20 years.
At the end of October, five suspects had been held after a car drove into a crowd in Tiananmen Square and burst into flames, killing two bystanders and three people in the car.
Government officials called it a “premeditated terrorist attack” carried out by Islamist militants.
Two of those sentenced, named in a state media report, appeared to have ethnic Uighur names. The western province of Xinjiang is the traditional home of the Turkic-speaking Uighurs, and China has blamed previous knife and bomb attacks on separatists who seek to establish an independent state there called East Turkestan.
Police in Xinjiang have upped security since the suicide bombing at an open market in Urumqi last month that killed 39 people.
Just earlier today we reported that two knifemen had been killed and one more arrested after storming a chess hall in Xinjiang and attacking guests.
[Image via People’s Daily]