China indicts 8 over terrorist attack in Beijing
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China indicts 8 over terrorist attack in Beijing

BEIJING (AP) — China has indicted eight people on terrorism charges in connection with an attack on Beijing’s iconic Tiananmen Gate last year that killed two tourists and three assailants.

The eight were arrested within days of the October 28 attack in which a man drove an SUV through a crowd of tourists before stopping in front of the gate and setting the vehicle on fire.

The attack was the first to strike Beijing in recent memory. It pointed to a new level of violence and lethal intent in the long simmering insurgency against Chinese rule in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang waged by radicals among the native Turkic Uighur Muslim population.

Notice of the indictments posted Saturday said the eight would stand trial at the intermediate court in Xinjiang’s capital Urumqi.