Three people were sentenced to death Monday over a deadly suicide car crash in Beijing’s symbolic heart Tiananmen Square, state-run media said, in China’s latest move against militants from restive, mainly-Muslim Xinjiang.
One other person was given life in prison for the “violent terrorist attack” that killed two tourists last October, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said, citing the Intermediate People’s Court in the Xinjiang capital Urumqi.
CCTV identified two of the accused with names that sounded Uighur, the largest ethnic group in the violence-racked region.
Four others were given sentences ranging from five to 20 years, CCTV said, but it was unclear what their exact roles were in the incident.
All three people in the car — a man, his wife and his mother — died in the attack, which saw their vehicle plough into crowds of tourists, killing two and wounding 40 other people before bursting into flames, authorities said at the time… see more