BEIJING — Hours after an explosion rocked a busy shopping district here Friday, police beefed up security in an area of the capital populated by a predominantly Muslim minority from China's rebellious far west.
Quoting sources, the Reuters news agency reported that a bomb exploded on a public bus during rush hour in Beijing's western Xidan district, killing at least two people and injuring 30. But a later report, in the official Beijing Daily, said that no one died in the blast and that 10 people were injured. Except for a few shards of broken glass and a shattered street sign, there was little evidence of an explosion when reporters visited the area Friday night.
Beijing police, unaccustomed to dealing with acts of terrorism in the normally quiet capital, would not comment on the incident.
But by late Friday night, several police vans had been stationed at one end of a western Beijing avenue that is a gathering point for Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim ethnic Turkic minority from the vast Xinjiang region of western China. By this morning, police were stationed at many bus stops on the city's main streets.
In recent weeks, Xinjiang has been the site of several terrorist attacks by separatists seeking a Muslim homeland in the mineral-rich territory bordering Kazakhstan and other states of Central Asia.