China police to increase armed patrols in crime crackdown

SHANGHAI: Chinese police will increase armed patrols, especially in densely populated areas like urban centres and transport hubs, in a drive to crack down on violent crime, state news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday.
China’s stability obsessed ruling Communist Party, always jittery about any threats to its rule, has been alarmed by a series of incidents in recent months, including a knife attack at a train station in the city of Kunming blamed on militants from the far western region of Xinjiang this month.
“The ministry (of public security) said that it will carry out armed patrols and take timely measures to handle violent criminals,” Xinhua said.
“The ministry urged public security organs at all levels to increase work efficiency and further improve the emergency command mechanism in order to fight crime,” it added.
Police should also “enhance prevention and control” over busy areas like stations, airports, schools, hospitals and tourist attractions, Xinhua said. Chinese police generally do not carry guns and gun crime in rare in a country with tight controls on firearms. Most violent crime happens with knives, or homemade weapons like small bombs made of fertilizer or other easily obtainable chemicals.

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