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Shanghai steps up security at rail stations, airports

Shanghai’s railway police have raised security to its highest level following Saturday’s terror attack at Kunming Railway Station.

Armed police were on patrol at all the city’s railway stations yesterday and police were carrying out spot checks on passengers.

Security checks at entrances were stepped up to prevent anyone getting through with dangerous items, especially knives.

The railway police also tightened real-name checks on major routes and there will be more officers on board trains from Shanghai to Beijing this week when the capital will be hosting the annual sessions of the national political advisory body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Congress, and China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress.

Shanghai has also ordered stricter anti-terrorist checks in public places where large crowds would be expected to gather.

The city’s airports also tightened security yesterday.

Passengers are being asked to open carry-on luggage for inspections more frequently, a security official at Hongqiao International Airport said.

“An anti-explosive inspection has been added to passengers entering the terminal buildings,” according to a notice at the airport’s Terminal 2.

Passengers are also being asked to take out portable mobile phone battery chargers and other electronic devices from their bags during security checks.

More police and police dogs have been deployed at both the Hongqiao and Pudong airports.

Airports at Beijing and Kunming in southeast Yunnan Province have also tightened security checks.


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