BEIJING - Security was tight in central Beijing on Tuesday morning, a day after a car plowed into a crowd in Tiananmen Square, caught fire, killing 5 people.
Thirty-eight others were injured.
Riot police vans were parked on the corners of Tiananmen Square opposite the Tiananmen rostrum where the incident happened around noon on Monday.
The square was closed after the incident but by Tuesday morning tourists were being allowed back in.
Although state media is officially calling it a car accident, no other official information on the incident has been given.
On roads leading towards the city center, security was visibly tight, with police officers checking vehicles.
Police in the capital are asking local hotels about suspicious guests who had checked in since October 1 and named two suspects it said were from Xinjiang in a notice issued on Monday night, four hotels told Reuters.
Judging by their names, the suspects appeared to be ethnic Uighurs, who are Turkic-speaking Muslims from Xinjiang, a province in the far west of China. Many Uighurs chafe at Chinese controls on their culture and religion.
The notice also listed four car licence plates from Xinjiang. Beijing police, contacted by telephone, declined to comment. Calls to the Xinjiang government went unanswered.
Police said on their official microblog that the car veered off the road at the north of the square, a major tourist attraction, crossed the barriers and caught fire directly in front of the entrance of the Forbidden City, in front of a huge portrait of Mao Zedong, the founder of Communist China.
The Beijing city government said on one of its official news websites that a female tourist from the Philippines and a male tourist from southern Guangdong province had also died.
Of the 38 injured, three were tourists from the Philippines and one from Japan, it added.