Yesterday the Chinese government released footage of the deadly attack in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square this past fall where a white car drove through a crowd of visitors before bursting into flames in front of the Forbidden city. Other ‘terrorist’ acts are also shown in the video. [Warning: Viewer Discretion Advised]
In the picture above, you can see the white vehicle hitting people as it drives through a pedestrian street on Tiananmen Square. Tourists rush out of its path to avoid it.
Chinese authorities pointed out that a black flag with Arabic script was hanging out of the vehicle’s window at the moment of the attack.
The car burst into flames near the square’s gated tower. Two pedestrians (one Chinese and the other Filipino) died and another 40 were injured in the attack. The three people driving the vehicle – Usmen Hasan, his mother and wife – were killed by the vehicle’s explosion. Chinese authorities then arrested five Uyghurs which were suspected to be connected to the attackers.
According to the Los Angeles Times, this video aims to strengthen Beijing’s claims that this attack and the recent violences in Xinjiang were planned by Islamist extremists:
Chinese authorities say the attackers were inspired by the East Turkistan Islamic Movement, a shadowy organization seeking an independent state in Xinjiang, China’s northwestern-most region, which borders Pakistan and Afghanistan.