Apparent car attack at Beijing's Forbidden City

A tourist takes a photo near a Chinese paramilitary policeman on duty near former Chinese leader Mao Zedong's portrait displayed on Tiananmen Gate near the site of an incident Monday where a car plowed through a crowd before it crashed and burned in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Police investigating the apparent car attack at Beijing's Forbidden City searched Tuesday for information on two ethnic Uighur minority suspects, a hotel employee said, a day after the vehicle plowed through a crowd and crashed, killing five people and injuring 38.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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Chinese state media demanded severe punishment on Thursday to put down what China has said is a holy war aimed at Beijing by Islamist militants from the restive Xinjiang region.

Security has been strengthened in both Beijing and in Xinjiang in the far west after an SUV ploughed through bystanders in the capital's iconic Tiananmen Square on Monday and burst into flames. (Reuters)

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