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In case of terrorist action bend down

The BBC’s James Reynolds has placed a partial translation of the Chinese government’s advice to citizens if taken hostage by terrorists.

What should you do after being kidnapped by terrorists?

  • Keep calm. Don’t resist. Believe the government
  • Don’t make eye contact with or speak to the terrorists. Bend your body down to the ground slowly
  • Try to keep and hide your telecommunication device. Put your mobile phone into silent mode at the appropriate moment and send messages to police or call 110. If you send a text message, the content should include your location, the number of hostages, and the number of terrorists
  • Pay attention to the number of terrorists and remember who their leader is for subsequent investigations
  • At the moment of the police action, try your best to bend down and leave under the police protection