Beijing beefs up airport security after Russia bomb

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Chinese police on Tuesday stepped up security at Beijing's international airport following an apparent suicide bombing at Moscow's main airport that left 35 dead and more than 100 people in hospital.

The Xinhua news agency said that authorities had deployed additional police dogs at key areas in the airport including luggage claim points, check-in counters and arrival halls -- scene of the carnage in the Russian capital.

China is in the midst of its massive Lunar New Year holiday travel season, when millions of people board planes, trains and buses across the country to return home to visit loved ones.

"We ordered tighter security overnight to make sure the capital's airport is safe during the Chinese New Year travel period," airport police official Hu Jinhui told Xinhua, adding that more plainclothes officers were on duty.

Security personnel at the facility were already on high alert, with more than 200,000 people expected to arrive at Beijing's airport every day until the end of February, the report said.

Chinese President Hu Jintao has condemned the attack and voiced support for Russia's efforts to combat terrorism.

Russian investigators have linked the attack -- the second to strike Moscow in less than a year -- to a suicide bomber from the country's predominantly Muslim North Caucasus region.

© 2011 AFP

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