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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."
Authorities claimed to have killed nine "terror suspects" and captured another in Hotan prefecture in Xinjiang province. Two days ago, the imam of China's biggest mosque was killed by knife-wielding 'religious extremists' in Kashgar in Xinjiang.
Authorities claimed that three knife-wielding Uighur militants killed Jume Tahir, the imam of the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar, which is China's largest mosque. Security forces killed two of the suspects and captured the third. Tahir was said to be a pro-government Uighur leader who cooperated with authorities in monitoring religious activities.
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."