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Threat held for Beijing Olympics?

According to Xinhua News Agency, three metro stations in Olympic host-city Beijing started security check on Sunday to deter terrorists….

By Shanshan Lu , in 2008 Beijing Olympics Blogs , on February 8, 2008

According to Xinhua News Agency, three metro stations in Olympic host-city Beijing started security check on Sunday to deter terrorists. (more on the story…)

Officials said they planed to have all 90 subway stations equipped with security-checking facilities by Olympics.
“Only one or two terrorist groups are capable of carrying out attacks in northeast Asia, and their ability to operate within China’s tightly controlled society is very limited, The KNBC quoting
Singapore-based terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna, author of the book “Inside al-Qaida — Global Network of Terror.” (more on China fears terrorist at Beijing Olympics…)

Even though China is said to be the last territory that terrorists would ever touch on, security is still among the top concerns of the country.

Yongkang Zhou,  Minister of Public Security in China, expressed the potential challenge of terrorism to the China Daily last year. (more on the story…) 

“Although the general security situation for the Beijing Olympics remains stable, we still face the challenges of terrorism, separatism and extremism,” the minister said.

“Terrorism, in particular, poses the biggest threat.”

More than 80,000 police and security staff will be sent on spot during the games.