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China to aid probe into car bombing

Wang Qingyun
Updated: Sep 1,2016 9:54 AM     China Daily

Safety precautions advised after attack on embassy in Kyrgyzstan.

China said it will work with Kyrgyzstan to discover as soon as possible the organization and people that carried out a suicide car bomb attack on China’s embassy in Bishkek on Aug 30.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the remarks on Aug 31, as the ministry’s Department of Consular Affairs and the embassy warned that China’s citizens should be cautious about going to Kyrgyzstan.

The warning, valid until the end of September, asked Chinese people and organizations in Kyrgyzstan to “stay highly vigilant”, avoid going outdoors and stay away from crowded places.

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev ordered on Aug 30 an immediate and thorough investigation into the attack. The Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security, an intelligence agency, said it has initiated a criminal investigation.

The attacker died in the blast. Three embassy workers were slightly injured.

In a phone conversation with Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Aug 30, Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Erlan Abdyldaev vowed that his country will thoroughly investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice, according to a news release issued by the Foreign Ministry.

Extending sympathy to the embassy and its staff members injured by the attack on behalf of Kyrgyz leaders, Abdyldaev said Kyrgyzstan condemns the attack in the strongest terms, and will do all it can to guarantee the safety of Chinese people and organizations there.

Kyrgyzstan is willing to strengthen counterterrorism cooperation with China and work with China to crack down on terrorism, separatism and extremism, he said.

Wang urged Kyrgyzstan to find out the facts of the attack as soon as possible, bring to justice those who are responsible and make sure such incidents never happen again.

Wang said China supports strengthened counterterrorism cooperation between the two countries.

Zhao Huirong, a researcher focusing on Central Asia studies under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said China and Kyrgyzstan can diversify their counterterrorism cooperation and expand it beyond information exchange, personnel training and military exercises.

China and Central Asian countries are paying close attention to regional security, which is getting “more and more complicated” in recent years, Zhao said.

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