S. China metropolis sets up anti-terrorism police force

GUANGZHOU, July 14 (Xinhua) -- China's southern city of Guangzhou has set up a special anti-terrorism police force, the local public security bureau told Xinhua on Monday.

The move was made to cope with the "severe and complicated situation" of anti-terrorism work in Guangzhou, said Xie Xiaodan, vice mayor of the city and also head of the bureau.

Six people were wounded in a knife attack at a train station in Guangzhou, provincial capital of Guangdong, on May 6.

It was the third attack at a crowded train station in China since knife-wielding assailants killed 29 civilians and injured another 143 at a railway station in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming on March 1.

Guangzhou has stepped up efforts to crack down on violence and terrorism ever since.

The city's public security bureau also promised substantial rewards for those who give information to the "people's war" against terrorism.

The city's new regulations on rewarding terror informants allows members of the public to earn rewards by giving information on terrorist activities as well as suspicious people, objects and vehicles.

Rewards will be made according to the value of the information in preventing terrorist attacks or catching suspects, and there is no ceiling on the actual amount in Guangzhou.

The public can submit information directly to the police in person or via the 110 hotline, letters, emails, or text messages.

Informants' identities will be kept confidential. Anyone who purposely provides false information will be held accountable.

Beijing, Shenzhen, and Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, have also published similar reward announcements.