Thursday, August 28, 2008

Kunming bombs prompt security response

A number 54 bus in Kunming, Yunnan province

A month after explosions rocked Yunnan province killing 2 and injuring a dozen others, Beijing authorities have announced they are to install hi-tech CCTV cameras on buses. In total, more than 1,400 buses in Beijing will each be fitted with four video cameras, Wang Zheng, an official with the company that is making them, told the China Daily newspaper. Some cameras are already fitted to some buses, but the new cameras will be able to transmit images live to a security command centre. “These new vehicles can effectively protect passengers and the vehicle itself from harm,” Wang said. The move to increase security on Beijing’s bus fleet comes after an explosion on a bus in Shanghai in May which killed three people and 2 bus blasts in the city of Kunming in July. Though one Islamist terror group has admitted responsibility for the attacks, authorities have dismissed these claims. No-one has been arrested in connection with the incidents though police in Kunming did put up a reward of 300,000 yuan (about 43,500 U.S. dollars) for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the bus bombs [Peoples Daily / Xinhua].

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