TERRORISM: Mystery Blast

Avenging the Gang of Four?

Peking's huge central railway station is designed to handle 200,000 passengers a day, but even there the evening rush hour overcrowds every hall and stairway. One evening last week, in a welter of duffle bags and over-the-shoulder bundles, passengers hurrying to make the 6:30 to Hefei jostled against other travelers heading for the 6:40 to Fengtai. The four clocks outside the waiting-room doors said 6: 15.

The explosion came without warning, near the top of the escalator on a second-floor landing; it killed nine people and wounded 81. Fleets of ambulances ferried the wounded to hospitals. Police...

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