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Authorities in Shanghai arrested 10 Turkish nationals accused of providing fake passports to suspected Uighur terrorists who were trying to leave China. Nine Uighurs suspected of terrorist activity were also arrested; some allegedly confessed to plans to travel to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Syria.
Police killed six people in Xinjiang yesterday, five of whom had explosives strapped to their bodies, and a sixth who reportedly attacked police with an axe. The Xinjiang legislature plans to begin enforcing a ban on burqas in Urumqi, the regional capital; most of Xinjiang's 22 million residents are Muslim. Last week the Chinese government punished 17 officials blamed for security and other lapses in the fight against terrorism in the region.
A Western news report emerged that Uighur attackers armed with knives and explosives stormed a farmers' market in Kashgar prefecture in Xinjiang province on Oct. 12, where they killed at least 22 ethnic Han merchants and policemen. Chinese news outlets have not reported the attack.
A court in Xinjiang sentenced Gheni Hasan and Nurmemet Abidilimit to death for the murder of Juma Tayir, a pro-government imam at China's biggest mosque, and for leading terrorist groups; a third man received a life sentence on related charges. Hasan was said to have trained group members to "murder patriotic religious figures."
Authorities arrested Aini Aishan, 18, an ethnic Uighur, on suspicion of planning the killing Jume of Tahir, 74, the government-allied imam of China's largest mosque, in at attack in Xinjiang last month. Security forces from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan participated in a joint antiterrorism drill. Eight men were recently executed in Xinjiang for crimes including terrorism.
Authorities arrested a man in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province, who is accused of spreading "online rumors" about government violence in Yarkant to websites abroad. State media claimed that 18 suspects in the July 28 terror attack in Shache surrendered to authorities, but that few of them were "diehard terrorists."