Authorities in northwest China's Xinjiang reiterated Monday syringe attackers "must" be given punishment while an overnight traffic control was implemented in the regional capital of Urumqi despite signs of recovery after assaults caused scare among residents and triggered mass protests.
The Public Security Department of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region vowed in a public notice late Monday to protect residents and maintain social order.
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The pledge followed a joint notice on Sunday of the court, prosecutor's office and police bureau of Urumqi, which said an attacker may face life sentence or even death penalty if he has caused grave consequence.
Those who stab to hurt others, whatever means they use, are considered to have committed crimes and "must" be punished according to law, said Monday's notice of the regional Public Security Department.