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Firing on Foreigners’ Compound in Beijing May Have Been Planned

From United Press International

The U.S. Embassy in Beijing has evidence that the shooting by Chinese soldiers last month at foreign diplomats’ apartments was a planned, coordinated attack, U.S. officials said Sunday.

The officials, who declined to be identified, said the U.S. Embassy will likely lodge a new complaint this week with the Chinese Foreign Ministry over findings in a report compiled last week on the June 7 shooting incident.

An embassy investigation of the incident indicated that a Chinese soldier directed the gunfire and that some shooting may have come from a nearby building, along with that from troops on a street below the diplomats’ apartments, officials said.

Several Americans and other foreigners, including children, narrowly escaped injury when the Chinese troops fired hundreds of bullets into the front of a high-rise apartment building in a compound where foreign diplomats and journalists reside. The Chinese government said the soldiers were firing at a sniper.

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The shooting came four days after the Chinese army brutally suppressed the democracy movement, cleared central Tian An Men Square of thousands of student-led protesters and enforced the martial-law decree announced May 20.


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