Chinese police shoot dead 13 attackers in restive Xinjiang

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese police shot dead 13 attackers in the restive far-western region of Xinjiang on Saturday after they rammed a car into a police station and detonated explosives, Xinhua news agency said, in the latest of a series of attacks to worry Beijing.

China has been toughening its response to violent crime after a spate of attacks around the country, centred on Xinjiang, the traditional home of Muslim Uighurs.

China has blamed previous attacks on Islamist separatists in the region, who they say are looking to establish an independent state there called East Turkestan. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for Saturday's violence.

"The gangsters drove a truck to ram the building of the public security bureau of Yecheng County in southern Xinjiang and set off explosives. Police shot and killed 13 attackers at the scene," Xinhua said, adding that three police were slightly wounded.

In 2012, seven attackers were shot dead after killing 13 people in a knife attack in Yecheng, also known by its Uighur name of Kargilik, a remote town on the road leading to China's mountainous border with Pakistan.

China has been on edge since a suicide bombing last month killed 39 people at a market in Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi. In March, 29 people were stabbed to death at a train station in the southwestern city of Kunming.

The rise in violence has prompted a crackdown on violent crime. Authorities in Xinjiang have arrested dozens of suspects in recent weeks for spreading extremist propaganda, possessing banned weapons and other crimes.

China also executed over a dozen people for terrorist attacks in the region earlier this month and three for an attack on Beijing's central Tiananmen Square.

Resource-rich and strategically located on the borders of central Asia, Xinjiang has been plagued by violence for years, but exiled Uighur groups and human rights activists say the government's own repressive policies in Xinjiang have provoked unrest, something Beijing denies.

"The crackdown against the Uighur population is making it hard for people to bear," Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the World Uyghur Congress, the largest group of exiled Uighurs, told Reuters by email.

"Opening fire and killing those resisting, and accusing them of terrorism while skirting the root causes, this will only lead to the situation in the region becoming worse."

President Xi Jinping said earlier this year that the Kashgar region, which sits in the far west of Xinjiang, was "the front line in anti-terrorism". The Silk Road city of Kashgar has been at the centre of much of the unrest. Yecheng is in the Kashgar prefecture, and is more than 1,500 km southwest of Urumqi.

Chinese leaders have also been directing investment into Xinjiang. Xi pledged last month to alleviate poverty and improve ethnic unity in the region, the most direct indication yet that China's leaders want to address the causes of violence.

(Reporting by Adam Jourdan; Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in BEIJING; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore and Nick Macfie)

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dumbest wrote:
china, the last place to legalize cannabis… after N. Korea and maybe S. Carolina.

Jun 21, 2014 1:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
YWontU wrote:
Islam cannot be a religion and a militant political party at the same time. This worldwide trend of muslims claiming territory is totally unacceptable and must condemned as such, because it is the cause of a great many conflicts as muslims wage terror on innocent people, displacing millions, such as in CAR Africa. The muslim Seleka attacked this non muslim country with the explicit goal of creating another Islamic state.

“Wherever Séléka’s members have passed, the population is left in tears and sorrows. The inhabitants of Central African Republic cities are subjected to rape, looting, extortion, robbery, vandalism, and other misdeeds orchestrated by Séléka elements.”
In a letter to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Djeddah (Saudi Arabia) in April 2012, a scan of which has been seen by World Watch Monitor, Djotodia introduced himself as the defender of the Muslims’ cause in Chad and the Central African Republic.
He told them the two countries “have no respect for us” and asked for support from his “brothers”.
“In Central Africa, Muslims are insulted and despised every day and they are considered as foreigners… That’s why we decided in 2006 to organise ourselves, thanks to the support of some Muslim brothers from Sudan – to claim our rights,’’ said Djotodia, who was the leader of the Union of Democratic Forces for Unity (UFDR), a rebel group operating in Northern CAR, a year ago.
In his two-page letter, Djotodia claimed that “all Christians are liars’’ and revealed his project for CAR.
“If by God’s will, we reach Bangui, we will set up an Islamic regime in order to apply the sharia [law],” he wrote. “Even if we fail to drive out Bozizé, we intend to transform some parts of Central Africa, Chad and Darfur, into a new Islamic republic.”

Al-Qaida is an OIC database found in Saudi Arabia and it registers the names and whereabouts of jihadists who are fighting to expand Islam. Al-Qaida means database. Osama bin Laden did not name himself Al-Qaida, the US did that, in order to present the idea that there was a unified enemy against which to wage a war. Osama and his associates called themselves the the “World Islamic Front for Jihad against Jews and the Crusaders”, the “Islamic Army for the Liberation of Holy Places” and so on.
From this, the likely truth is that the OIC is the Islamic Caliphate, co-ordinating the Islamic terror, and manipulation of non muslims, and muslims, world wide.

Jun 21, 2014 2:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
carlmartel wrote:
Two of bin Laden’s six demands for the US was to remove China from Xinjiang and to remove Russia from the southern Caucasus. Neither action can be done without thermonuclear war. Today, the Obama regime aids al Qaeda with its Asian Pivot and its sanctions against the US and the EU over Ukraine.

Further, China, Russia, and 4 central Asian lands in the SCO have agreed to watch Afghanistan after the US and NATO leave. The Obama regime has chosen to help al Qaeda and the Taliban by keeping US and NATO troops as target practice for islamic insurgents through the end of 2016 instead of withdrawing at the end of 2014. The Obama regime has chosen to squander billions of dollars and euros that the US and NATO can’t afford because the Obama regime works to destroy the economies of the US and NATO.

Russia and China gain from the Obama regime’s efforts to destroy the US and NATO economies that pay for, and develop the technological tools for, the US and NATO militaries. The economic suicides of the US and NATO will leave China and Russia as the dominant global super powers.

Jun 21, 2014 5:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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