International news agencies on Monday reported that five people were killed and 38 others were injured after a sports utility vehicle allegedly ploughed into a crowd of tourists in Tiananmen Square in Beijing before it exploded. Initially thought to be an accident, new reports say it may have been intentional, with authorities linking it to the restive Uighur community in northwest China.
The Chinese Police are searching for two suspects for the incident in which five people were killed when a vehicle crashed into tourists and police in to Tiananmen Square and then burst into flames.
The authorities conduct an investigation in hotels asking employees to report if they detect suspicious behaviors of visitors from October 1 , while looking for two people suspected , police said .
As mentioned by Reuters , judging from their names , the suspects are probably Uighur origin from Sinziangk , a province in western China. Many Uighurs are angry with Chinese controls in culture and religion.
According to a police statement , the vehicle skidded off course and crashed into pedestrians, and then burst into flames. The driver of the vehicle and two passengers were killed , as well as a Filipina woman tourist and a Chinese man tourist. Among the wounded are three more people from the Philippines - two women and a man.
The death toll confirmed the Chinese news agency New China.