The woman said seven of the eight suspects had names typical of the Turkic Muslim Uighur ethnic group native to the restive northwestern region of Xinjiang. She said the other individual appeared to be ethnically Chinese.
The woman, who runs the guesthouse attached to the Beijing liaison office of Xinjiang's Karamay city, would give only her surname, Wu. Employees at a dozen other Beijing hotels refused to discuss the order in a likely sign that police have banned talk of their investigation into the attack Monday in the capital's political heart.
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