Security beefed up at Beijing airport after Moscow blast

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

BEIJING - Chinese police have tightened security at Beijing International Airport following a bomb blast incident Monday which killed 35 people and injured at least 150 others at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport.

More police dogs have been deployed at key areas at the airport, including luggage claim points, check-in counters and departure and arrival halls, Xinuha reported Tuesday.

The security measures have also come up ahead of the upcoming Chinese New Year, as a large number of people are expected to travel for the occasion.

Police are keeping a close eye on surveillance cameras and monitoring the flow of passengers round-the-clock, an airport police official told Xinhua.

According to Hu Jinhui, a senior official with the Beijing International Airport Police Bureau, more plain clothes police are on patrol.

“We ordered tighter security overnight to make sure the capital’s airport is safe during the Chinese New Year travel period,” Hu said.

Police at the airport were already on high alert amid the annual rush of travellers ahead of the Chinese New Year, which falls on Feb 3 this year.

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