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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.
More than 140 people were killed and 816 were wounded, and hundreds more were arrested after Uighurs staged protests in Urumqi, the capital of China's northwestern province of Xinjiang. The government claimed foreign extremists were behind the riots.
The Pakistani government has deported nine Chinese Uighurs to China after detaining them in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. The nine Uighurs conducted attacks on Pakistani security forces. Uighurs train and fight alongside al Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistan.
The US Treasury Department added Abdul Haq to the Specially Designated Global Terrorist list. Haq is the leader of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Party / Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, which has extensive ties to al Qaeda and the Taliban. The terror group recently released a video of its training camps.
Al Qaeda has appointed a new leader in China. Abdul Haq Turkestani, a Uighur who lives in Xinjiang province said Osama bin Laden personally appointed him the leader in China. Turkestani and 300 Chinese Muslims are operating in Pakistan's tribal areas.
China released a list of eight wanted Uighurs from the East Turkestan Islamic Movement who are suspected of being behind plots and violence during the summer Olympics. "The eight are all key members of the ETIM, and all participated in the planning, deployment and execution of all kinds of violent terrorist activities targeting the Beijing Olympics," a spokesman for the Public Security Ministry said.
Seven Muslim terrorists, likely from the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, and one security guard were killed in a series of attacks in the western Xinjiang region. At least three of the attackers detonated their bombs to avoid being captured, but it is unclear if they used suicide vests.
The Turkistan Islamic Party, a front for the al Qaeda-linked East Turkistan Islamic Movement, issued a new video threatening to attack the Olympic Games and warned Muslims to stay away from the venue. The group claims the communist regime's mistreatment of Muslims and a ban on multiple births justifies holy war against the government.