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Tiananmen Square terror attack

Five people were killed and 38 injured when an SUV rammed through barricades in front of Tiananmen Square’s gate tower in Beijing and burst into flames on October 28, 2013. Amid tight censorship of social media and terse news reports, police launched a manhunt for eight people, mostly members of the Uygur ethnic community living in the restive Western region of Xinjiang. Within ten hours, police detained five members of the Uygur ethnic minority. Two days later, authorities declared the incident a “terrorist attack” prompting concern among Uygur exile groups over a backlash against the ethnic group.

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Islamist group calls Tiananmen attack 'jihadist operation': monitoring service

Holy warriors warn of more strikes, says firm that tracks militant statements

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 November, 2013, 10:50am
UPDATED : Monday, 25 November, 2013, 5:34pm

An Islamist militant group calling itself the Turkestan Islamic Party said a terror attack in Tiananmen Square on October 28 was a "jihadist operation" by holy warriors, the SITE monitoring service said yesterday.

The service, which tracks Islamist militant statements, said that the party had released a Uygur-language audio speech from its leader, Abdullah Mansour, in which he said such operations by mujahideen, or its holy warriors, were only the beginning of attacks on Chinese authorities.

In the attack, a vehicle ploughed through bystanders on the edge of Tiananmen Square and burst into flames, killing the three people in the car and two bystanders.

In an eight-minute message, Mansour said Uygur fighters would target even the Great Hall of the People, where the Communist Party holds legislative and ceremonial activities, SITE said.

The service quoted Mansour as saying: "O Chinese unbelievers, know that you have been fooling East Turkestan for the last 60 years, but now they have awakened.

"The people have learned who is the real enemy and they returned to their own religion. They learned the lesson."

Chinese authorities have blamed what they called the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a Muslim Uygur separatist group in Xinjiang, for the attack, and arrested five people they said were radical Islamists planning a holy war.

Since the Tiananmen incident, security has been strengthened in both Beijing and in Xinjiang, the restive far western region Uygurs call home.

Some Uygur groups are campaigning for an independent homeland for their Turkic-speaking people.

The Uygurs are culturally closer to ethnic groups across central Asia and Turkey than they are with Han Chinese, who make up the vast majority of China's population.

It was not clear if ETIM, branded a terrorist organisation by the US in 2002, is connected to the one purportedly being led by Mansour.

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Javed Mir
--Turkestan Islamic Party is the parent of the East Turkestan Independence Movement (ETIM)--
These activities under the name of Islam is not acceptable to the whole muslim community of the world. If they have any social problems they should follow the normal procedures within the limits of the Republic of China. Those living in Xinjiang should not disturb the efforts of economic growth by the Chinese government.
Javed Mir
--Turkestan Islamic Party is the parent of the East Turkestan Independence Movement (ETIM)--
These activities under the name of Islam are not acceptable to the whole muslim community of the world. If the Chinese muslim community has any social problems they should follow the normal procedures within the limits of the Constution of the Republic of China. Those living in Xinjiang should not disturb the efforts of economic growth by the Chinese government. Moreover Chinese nation has always been having good relations with the Muslim world during the last so many centuries.
marketgod
China will probably, just disappear them all
lib_hk

SCMP is cheering terrorists now...just days ago, it published reports saying these should not be seen as terrorist attacks. SCMP definitely knows more than what it says it knows; one wonders how SCMP determines when and what to disclose...to say Xinjiang is "home" to our Uygur brothers / sisters is provocative; Han Chinese have been living in Xinjiang (and beyond) since 2,000 years ago at the latest (since Mr. Zhang Qian's journey to the west) and China's grip on XJ was not even interrupted in the 4th / 5th centuries when China was plunged into disunion. The history of Uygur in XJ dates back 1,000 years...XJ should be the home to all Chinese nationalities.
 
 
 
 
 

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