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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.
Paramilitary troops commenced round-the-clock patrols in the restive western province of Xinjiang, where clashes between security forces and Islamist Uighurs have claimed the lives of at least 56 people in the past few months. Authorities have blamed recent violence on a 17-member militant Islamist cell formed in January by a man identified as Aihemaitiniyazi Sidike. At least five members of the cell were captured, including the alleged mastermind.
For the first time since the enactment of anti-terror legislation last year, China designated specific individuals as terrorists and froze their assets. The designations consisted of six "core" members of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement.
The al Qaeda-linked Turkistan Islamic Party claimed responsibility for attacks in western China that killed more than 30 people. The announcement was made by Abdul Shakoor Turkistani, the new leader of the TIP, who is based in Pakistan.
The local government in Kashgar claimed the East Turkestan Islamic Movement was behind the attack that killed 11 people. The government said the leader of the group was captured and his fighters trained at a camp in Pakistan.
The Chinese government claimed a clash at a police station in Xinjiang that resulted in the death of four people was a "terrorist attack." The World Uyghur Congress claimed police beat 14 people to death and gunned down six more during a protest.
Seven policemen were killed in an attack on a police patrol in Aksu city in the western province of Xinjiang. A man driving a three-wheeled vehicle lobbed a bomb at the police patrol. Authorities said Uighur separatists were responsible for the attack.
Chinese officials received a threat that a bomb was placed on a plane scheduled to land in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province. Initial reports indicated the plane was hijacked. The plane was turned around and has landed in Kabul. The leader of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Party recently threatened to attack Chinese interests worldwide.
Security forces detained 319 Uighurs believed to have been involved in the early July unrest in Urumqi. the capital of Xinjiang province. Abdul Haq, the leader of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Party and a member of al Qaeda's Shura Majlis, called for attacks against Chinese interests at home and abroad.
Rebiya Kadeer, the exiled Uighur activist, said that more than 10,000 Uighurs are missing after riots in Xinjiang's capital of Urumqi that resulted in 197 killed. The government published a list of 15 wanted Uighurs for their involvement in fomenting the riots.
China alerted its citizens in Algeria after al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb threatened to take revenge for the recent deaths of Muslim Uighurs during protests and riots in Urumqi. A Chinese diplomat in Jakarta stated that unrest in Urumqi is "just a brawl between several groups of people...There is no ethnic violence in the province."
President Hu Jintao said the government will deal harshly with those responsible for the Uighur unrest. A senior communist party leader claimed that the government is working to "win the tough war of maintaining Xinjiang's stability." Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan compared violence in Xinjiang to genocide.
The OIC asked China to address the "root cause" of the communal unrest in Xinjiang province. CPC leader Zhou Yongkang vowed that the government will severely punish the outlaws in the Xinjiang riot. Turkey called for a boycott of Chinese goods; a dissident Uighur leader might visit Turkey.
Government security forces flooded Xinjiang province to instill calm after 156 people were killed during riots. Party officials in Urumqi promised to seek the death penalty for those responsible for the violence. President Hu Jintao returned to China after canceling a planned visit to the G-8 summit in Italy.