Police in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have caught a man with 100 detonators on a train that was bound for Chongqing Municipality, Xinhua news agency reported today.
The man, surnamed Chen, was seized on the train in Urumqi on Monday morning after police received an emergency report stating that a man suspected of transporting detonators may be onboard, the report said.
Railway police combed the train and found Chen in the 7th carriage. All the detonators were bound around his waist, the report said, citing police.
According to the report, police said that Chen has confessed.
Security checks at airports, buses and railway stations have been reinforced nationwide as China endeavors to ensure a safe Olympics in Beijing next month, the report said.
An alleged attack on a flight to Beijing from Urumqi, capital city of Xinjiang, was foiled on March 7.
The plane made an emergency landing after two suspected terrorists, including a 19-year-old woman, allegedly planned to ignite gasoline that they had smuggled onboard the China Southern Airlines flight.
Authorities said the suspects were planning to disrupt the Beijing Olympics. The incident prompted the aviation authority to ban passengers from taking liquids, including jelly, honey and toothpaste, onto domestic flights. Lighters and matches were also prohibited.
Police have thwarted five terrorism groups that were plotting attacks on the Beijing Olympic Games, Chen Zhuangwei, police chief of Urumqi, said on July 11.
In the first six months of the year, police detained 82 people in Xinjiang. They were accused of planning to sabotage the Olympics, Chen said.
(Shanghai Daily July 18, 2008)