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Chinese Buddhist temple forms 'anti-terrorist' squad

Published on Apr 3, 2014 7:41 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Nervous about a repeat of last month's deadly knife attack at a Chinese train station, a well-known Buddhist temple in eastern China has drafted some of its monks into a new "anti-terrorist" squad, state media said on Thursday.

The team at the 1,700-year-old Lingyin Temple in the tourist city of Hangzhou is made up of 20 monks and more than 20 security guards, the official Xinhua news agency quoted the temple's Buddhist Master Jueheng as saying.

The squad's members are equipped with shields, pepper spray and batons. It is the first time a Chinese temple has set up such a team, Xinhua said.

"The squad members practise Buddhism in the day and take part in training exercises at night," Master Jueheng said, adding that police helped with the training.

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