Chinese Soldier Shot in Southwestern China

AP reports on the shooting of an on-duty soldier in :

Han was standing guard at a military garrison in downtown Chongqing when he was shot by attackers who then made off with his machine gun, the official Xinhua News Agency and other state media reported.

The brief reports said it was unclear how many attackers were involved and provided few additional details but said police and the military were jointly investigating.

The Chongqing Daily cited police as saying the attack on the sentry demanded a counterterrorism response. Police were searching cars at checkpoints throughout the city, Xinhua said.

An official with the propaganda office of the Chongqing Communist Party said police told him the attack was carried out by one assailant wearing a mask. But the official, who like many Chinese bureaucrats would only give his surname, Li, said he was unclear about why police suspected terrorism.

Read also a China Daily report on the attack.

March 20, 2009 1:38 PM
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