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Police kill 14 'terrorists' in Xinjiang after two officers killed in attack

Officers open fire after two policemen die in machete and bomb attack

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 December, 2013, 12:37pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 December, 2013, 4:39am

Police in Xinjiang have killed 14 members of a group described by the Foreign Ministry as terrorists.

Two police officers were killed in the incident, which occurred late on Sunday near Kashgar in the western part of the restive autonomous region.

A "violent terror gang" attacked police with bombs, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said yesterday.

An analyst said the clash was evidence of a growing trend of militants operating in small groups in the region, where some of the local Uygur population are engaged in a simmering rebellion against Beijing's rule.

"This conspiracy does not enjoy popular support and is doomed to failure," Hua said. The incident "shows once again the anti-human and anti-society nature of the terrorist groups", she added.

The authorities did not disclose the identities of the 14 killed. But Dilxat Raxit, a spokesman for the Munich-based exiled World Uyghur Congress, said all were Uygurs and two of them were minors, Agence France-Presse reported.

"The abusive use of force by authorities in the area has deprived Uygurs of their right to live," he told Associated Press.

Xinhua reported that police in Kasghar's Shufu county were on their way to arrest criminal suspects when a group of assailants attacked them with machetes and explosives at around 11pm, killing two police officers. Police subsequently shot and killed 14 people and arrested two.

The local government did not answer calls and a police station in Shufu said it had no comment. It was the seventh reported attack in Xinjiang this year.

In Beijing in October, an SUV burst into flames after the driver drove into a crowd in Tiananmen Square, killing three people inside the vehicle and two tourists, and injured 40 people. Security chief Meng Jianzhu said the East Turkestan Islamic Movement was behind the attack. Police said suspects from Hotan in Xinjiang orchestrated the attack.

Li Wei, a Beijing-based anti-terrorism expert, said Xinjiang authorities were looking into a growing network of smaller "violent groups". "Xinjiang has strengthened efforts to combat violence in recent years, making it hard and conspicuous to form large terrorist organisations. Therefore a network of small-scale terrorist organisations has emerged," Li said.

 


VIOLENT ATTACKS THIS YEAR

March 7: downtown Korla: at least four dead

April 23: Selibuya township, Kashgar: 21 dead, including 15 social workers and police

June 26: Lukqun township, Shanshan county, in Turpan prefecture: 35 killed, including two police

June 28: a township under Hotan: no official death toll, but locals said several people were killed

August 20: Kashgar: at least 16 dead, including one police officer

November 16: Selibuya township, Kashgar: 11 dead, including two auxiliary police officers

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seppolehto@mac.com
My friend spent some time in Kashgar area working on construction equipment sales. His knowledge of China is close to zero so he just described what he saw and told me:
This is my second time I work on foreign country occupied areas. I can tell that more sophisticated the weapons get, more blunt and violent the freedom fighters' atacks come. With the Muslims you can never win, it's in their holy book, almost on every page, that they should kill the infidels. I'm really surprised how much trouble there is. The Chinese police is everywhere all the time and it's like war zone, but how do you fight against God, can you expect to win?
lucifer
Such articles should start with " The Chinese State owned meeting has reported......"
...and end with, "but none of what they reported can be independently confirmed." Of course the reporters are two Mainlanders.....go figure.
The truth of the matter is you don't know if one person was killed, or if the police rounded them up in a room and threw in a grenade. You just don't know anything, so don't do the Mainland government a favor and report its propaganda as news. The SCMP must be very clear that state news is not really news in the commonly known sense - people can get confused.
 
 
 
 
 

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