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Police in Shache county shot "dozens" of terrorists armed with axes and knives who had killed "dozens" of Uighur and Han civilians and attacked government buildings and a police station in Xinjiang's Elixku township and then moved on to Huangdi township. The attack took place yesterday morning but was not reported until today.
Authorities charged four people, all apparently of Uighur origin, for the March 1 terrorist attack at Kunming train station in Yunnan. Courts in Xinjiang jailed 113 people following a mass trial on mainly terrorism-related charges.
China publicly sentenced nine people to prison for terrorism crimes, and arrested 14 people in Qapqal near the Kazakhstan border on suspicion of calling for holy war and attending terror training camps abroad. Last month authorities arrested 380 people for violence in Xinjiang. An open letter purporting to come from 200 Uighur writers, poets, and translators in Xinjiang was published, denouncing terrorism and blaming attacks on "a small bunch of lunatic mobsters" who have humiliated and defamed Uighurs as an ethnic group. At the UN, China urged the international community to provide greater support for Afghanistan.
Thirteen people, described as "mobsters," who tried to drive an explosives-laden vehicle into a police station in Xinjiang were killed. Three policemen were wounded in the attack.
Authorities named five people, all apparently Uighurs, as suspects in the May 22 bombings in Urumqi that killed 39 people. Four of them died in the attack and were identified by their DNA; the fifth suspect was arrested in Bayingolin. The five had engaged in "illegal religious activities" and formed a terrorist cell in late 2013. Security was heightened on Beijing subways.
Suspected Islamist terrorists drove two offroad vehicles into a busy market in Urumqi in Xinjiang province, throwing explosives and detonating the vehicles, killing 31 people and injuring 94. President Xi Jinping beefed up security and vowed severe punishment for the attack, the biggest in the region in years. Xi Jinping and Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain agreed to increase cooperation in counterterrorism efforts; Hussain said both countries face a common enemy in the "East Turkistan" terror groups.
Authorities have deployed 150 armed patrol vehicles, each staffed by nine policemen and four assistants, to intersections in Beijing as a deterrent to terrorists, in the wake of a string of attacks. A government travel advisory urges vigilance at transportation hubs. China said Turkmenistan is a strategic partner in combating terrorism and safeguarding regional stability.
Authorities blamed religious extremists for yesterday's suicide bomb and knife attack at a busy train station in Xinjiang. One of the two bombers was identified as Sedierding Shawuti, a Uighur. A spokesperson for the World Uyghur Congress said 100 Uighurs had been arrested following the attack. President Xi, who had been visiting the region at time of the bombing, called for "crushing blows against violent terrorist forces."
State media said three people were killed and 79 injured by an explosion at a train station in Urumqi in the restive Xinjiang region. Police cordoned off the station, but it has since reopened. Railway stations in China were busy due to the start of a four-day holiday. President Xi had been concluding a four-day visit to Xinjiang, and it is not clear if he was in the region at the time of the blast. While there, he said that Kashgar is in the front line of the battle against terrorism and the situation is "grim and complicated."
A knife incident between two Uighur vendors in Changsha left six people dead. The government suspects that Uighurs were involved in the Kunming knife attacks on March 1 in which 29 people were killed. Authorities have detained a human rights activist and three citizen journalists for reporting on a self-immolation in Tienanmen Square.
Authorities said a group of knife-wielding "terrorists" stormed the Kunming train station in Yunnan province last night, killing at least 28 people and injuring 113 more. The attack was described as "organized" and "premeditated," but the perpetrators, who were said to be dressed mainly in black, have not yet been named.
In Xinjiang's Aksu prefecture, 11 terrorists who attacked a police patrol were killed and five police vehicles were damaged. Some of the attackers tried to use LNG cylinders in a car as suicide bombs. On Jan. 24, six terrorists were shot dead after attacking a police station in Aksu. Authorities said the number of terrorist attacks in Xinjiang rose to 190 in 2012. Secretary of State Kerry, visiting in Beijing, expressed US concern over human rights violations in the Tibetan and Uighur areas; Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that "[b]oth sides have a responsibility to fight terrorism."
Police blamed "terrorist attacks" for the deaths of 12 people in Xinjiang. Six of them were killed by explosions at a hair salon and a vegetable stand, and the other six were shot dead by police. Among the slain terrorists was the alleged leader of an extremist bomb-making cell.
Police in the restive Xinjiang region fatally shot eight people during an alleged terrorist attack near the southern city of Kashgar. Police recently shot and killed 16 members of an extended Uighur family, including six women, in Saybagh near Kashgar; two policemen also were killed in the clash.
The Turkestan Islamic Party released a message claiming that the Oct. 28 car crash in Tiananmen Square was a "jihadi operation." In the message, TIP leader Abdullah Mansour warned of further Uighur attacks on Chinese targets, including the Great Hall of the People.
Authorities shot and killed nine people who attacked a police station in Serikbuya township in the western province of Xinjiang; two police officers were also killed. The attackers were young Uighurs armed with knives and axes; onlookers asked in vain for leniency for the attackers. One of the slain policemen also was a Uighur.
Authorities announced the arrest of five Uighurs, described as Islamic jihadists, suspected of involvement in yesterday's car crash in Tiananmen Square that killed five people and wounded 38 more. Rebiya Kadeer, president of the Munich-based World Uighur Congress, called for an independent investigation into the incident.
Authorities suspect that three persons who crashed an SUV into Tiananmen Square in Beijing yesterday, killing five people and injuring 38 more, were suicide attackers from the restive western region of Xinjiang. Police are looking for eight persons, seven of whom are believed to be Uighurs, and named two likely suspects from Pishan and Shanshan counties.
A court in the northwestern region of Xinjiang sentenced four Uighur men for a terrorist attack on June 26 that left 24 police and civilians dead as well as 13 militants. Alleged ringleader Ahmatniyaz Sidiq was sentenced to death, along with Urayim Eli and Abdulla Esrapil. The fourth man, Akram Usman, was sentenced to 25 years in jail. The court also said the men had advocated and spread religious extremism.
A court in Xinjiang sentenced five Uighur men for a "terror attack" in the city of Kashgar in April that killed 15 people. The defendants, who received sentences ranging from nine years to life in prison, were accused of printing extremist literature as well as attacking and killing police officers and community workers.