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Driver of Tiananmen attack identified as Usmen Hasan

Published on Oct 30, 2013 9:11 PM
 
Vehicles travel along Chang'an Avenue as smoke rises in front of a portrait of late Chinese chairman Mao Zedong at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Monday, Oct 28, 2013. Chinese police announced on Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013, they have captured five suspects over a "terrorist attack" in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, the first time authorities have accused terrorists of striking in the capital. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese police announced on Wednesday they have captured five suspects over a "terrorist attack" in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, the first time authorities have accused terrorists of striking in the capital.

The foreign ministry expressed condolences to the victims in Monday's Tiananmen attack.

"We feel grieved for the unfortunate incident, and express condolences to the innocent victims and solicitude to the bereaved families and the injured," state news agency Xinhua quoted foreign ministry spokesman Hua Chunying as saying.

The driver of the sports utility vehicle which sped along the pavement, ploughed into crowds and crashed in the symbolic heart of the Chinese state on Monday was named by state media as Usmen Hasan.

 
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