Int'l sniping competition concludes in Beijing

Zhang Tao

BEIJING, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan and China won first prizes in individual and group sniping at the first international sniping competition that came to an end on Thursday on the outskirts of Beijing.

The four-day event was the first to be hosted by China's armed police.

The contest featured three categories: individual sniping, group sniping and comprehensive sniping. A total of 42 gunmen from 15 countries including Belarus, France, Hungary, Israel and Pakistan took part.

"We can share information together and learn from each other, and that will make the sniping community of the world better," Ben Sira, an Israeli who has been working as a sniper for two and a half years.

"I also learn a lot of things from other teams which are very important and very useful to me. Every team here is professional, the Republic of Belarus is very cooperative with us and the Chinese teams are amazing. We can always learn from other teams," Sira told Xinhua after he finished the competition.

Zhang Li, an official with the general staff of the Chinese armed police force, said the event will be held every two years to provide a way for snipers from across the world to meet and and discuss anti-terror strategies.

"It's a great honor for us to be involved in this event as a national team," said Azzizan Saad, who is from Malaysian navy special force and has been in the army for more than 20 years.

It is necessary for the Chinese armed police, an important force in combating terrorism, to hold such an event as it can boost mutual understanding and help improve their anti-terror capability, said Li Wei, special assistant to the head of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.

The core for improving the armed force's anti-terror capability lies in cultivating more high-level snipers, which can maximumly reduce the casualties in an emergency, according to Li.

Wu Xianshuai, a coach with Shanghai armed police force, said the competition can effectively examine the results of training under real combat conditions.

"It is not only a platform for mutual learning, but also a way to showcase their skills which can help enhance cooperation on combating terrorism," Wu said.