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Xinjiang attack that leaves 31 dead denounced as ‘violent terrorist incident’

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 May, 2014, 9:24am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 May, 2014, 2:21am
 

At least 31 people were killed and more than 90 injured in an attack yesterday on a street market in Xinjiang.

Two off-road vehicles ploughed into people in the regional capital, Urumqi, and unidentified assailants threw explosives, Xinhua reported. The cars then crashed head-on and one exploded. The authorities did not identify the suspects.

Watch: Dozens dead and scores injured in Xinjiang 'terrorist' attack

It was not clear who was behind the violence, but the authorities have blamed a series of attacks in public places in recent weeks on Muslim ethnic-Uygur separatists from Xinjiang.

Yesterday's incident in North Gongyuan Street was the bloodiest single act of violence in the restive northwestern region since about 200 people were killed in clashes in Urumqi in 2009 between Uygurs and ethnic Han Chinese.

The Ministry of Public Security described it as a "serious violent terrorist incident". And President Xi Jinping called for those behind the incident to be severely punished.

The injured were sent to hospitals for treatment and the scene was sealed off for several hours. Photographs posted on social media showed injured people on the ground, with clothes and other items strewn across the street.

Fan Fangfang, who owns a small supermarket in North Gongyuan Street near the scene of the blasts, said that she had been woken by loud bangs.

"I heard at least six or seven explosions. It sounded horrible," she said. "I didn't dare to go out to have a look."

Fan said the makeshift market's customers and vendors were mainly Han Chinese and that more than 100 sellers set up their stalls in an 800-metre-long section of the street.

"The people who come here are innocent ordinary people: housewives, retired people and hard-working market sellers. Why and who would attack us in this way?" she said.

"Where can I go to be safe in the city in the future? Nowhere will be safe. I feel very worried."

A number of crowded public places have been targeted on the mainland in recent months.

A bomb and knife attack at the end of last month at the main railway station in Urumqi killed one bystander and wounded 79 people. Two attackers also died.

Security in the city has been tightened since the attack, which happened as Xi was ending a visit to the region.

Twenty-nine people were stabbed to death at a train station in Kunming in March.

In October, a car burst into flames in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, killing five people, in what the government said was a terrorist attack.

Tensions between Han Chinese and Uygurs in Xinjiang have been simmering for years. Human rights organisations and Uygur exiles say curbs on their language, culture and religion have created anger, a claim that Beijing rejects.

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wailunscmp
HK government will not issue any negative alert because it's China. Double standard and hypocrisy of our bureaucrats and officials. Much easier to bully poor countries like Philippines. Hehe ... HK's travel alerts is a political tool not a useful guide
giggsy72
These terrorist events/attacks are happening in China with alarming regularity. I trust the Security Bureau of Hong Kong will do the right thing and issue an appropriate travel warning in due course.
M Miyagi
The US is a terrorist state and gives comfort and refuge to Uygur terrorists in order to destabilise China. Therefore because of this double standard, when "terrorist" events happen in the US like 911 nobody should have any sympathy. And as far as the Uygur terrorists are concerned, KILL THEM ALL.
honger
Crimean separatists are called terrorists, while the killers who murdered 31 and maimed scores of ordinary, innocent people without a chance to defend themselves in the Urumqi market are called separatists. The CIA is now trying to change the dictionary.
Some in the SCMP are receiving double checks every month indeed!
TigerJ
SCMP - Come on!! 31 dead and you still say Terrorist with quotation marks??
Just quit it. Not funny anymore...
hlshcd@gmail.com
SCMP is so biased nowadays, even in the news title. What are you suggesting by putting the quotation marks around terrorist? They used car bombs to kill innocent Chinese people; they claims on the web to kill all Chinese because we eat pork, and you only call them assailants rather than terrorsists? I bet with 50 US cents you would not call them assailants if the same thing happen in the US, and you dont dare to write something like 911 a "terrorist" attack. Shame.
Truthwillout
Get real!
andreaswagner
All is not well in the occupied lands.
charlie212
meaningless comment by Tiger J - keep stirring that troll pot
Formerly ******
Mr. or Ms. M. Miyagi:
Are you paranoid? Has the US killed all muslims in payback for 9/11? One thing is for certain, your last sentence certainly shows that you've the typical bloodthirsty, hateful communist totalitarian (well, that was a bit redundant). You must be a follower of the murderous philosophies of Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, etc.
In fact, Mao and Stalin did have a philosophy of 'reign of terror' in order to cower the population. In other words, their murderous deeds were a political philosophy, indigenous to all socialist and communists systems of government.
先生或女士 M.宮城縣:
您是偏執狂嗎?美國為 9/11 殺所有穆斯林的回報了嗎?一件事是肯定的是,你最後一句當然顯示你已經典型嗜血成性、 可恨共產主義極權 (那是有點多餘)。您必須是一個殺人不眨眼的列寧、 史達林、 希特勒、 毛澤東、 波爾布特等理念的跟隨者。
事實上,毛澤東和史達林沒有一種 '的恐怖統治' 的哲學,退縮,人口。換句話說,他們殺人不眨眼的行為是一種政治哲學,土著到政府所有社會主義和共產主義制度。
honger
Crimean separatists are called terrorists, while the ****s who killed 31 and maimed scores of ordinary, innocent people without a chance to defend themselves in the Urumqi market are called separatists. The CIA is now trying to change the dictionary.
Some in the SCMP are receiving double checks every month indeed!
shuike
The SCMP's jounos should not be given the priveliege of using their journalistic license to brainwash its readers with its pro-West & anti-China bias. When the West (the US in particular) says it's a Terrorist Attack, The SCMP endorses it like a faithful parrot. But when the Chinese says it, it becomes an attack or within inverted commas meaning Maybe or Maybe Not.
xeroid47@yahoo.com
It’s not only in cyber space the U.S. has double standards, but also in the war on terror. Consider the terror bombing in Xinjiang that killed 31, all the media report use the word attack rather than terror bombing, and additionally they added the usual boiler plate excuse on the mistreatment of Uighurs. I wrote a letter to NYT explaining a different view and it was not published. Below is my letter:
Some have blame those terror attacks on Chinese oppression, yet they don’t blame 9/11 attacks on Ben Laden’s accusation of U.S. troops’ presence in Saudi Arabia. All those attacks are related as a pushback against modernity. Islam will not go away gently against the encroachment of modernity as most Christian religions did. Chinese government gives preferential treatments to her minorities in birth control, subsidized education opportunities and affirmative actions. Yet even as Chinese government avoids encroachment in religious matters, the idea of modernity, capitalism on profit motives, equality of sexes, and erosion of racial identity inevitably clash with a moribund religion. Unlike U.S , anyone with some knowledge with history knows what happened to Native Americans, China will not resort to extermination as a tool, but a forceful response and more fully integrated Xinjiang will be the result.
Rambo
Absolutely right.
The problem is the Anglo-Saxon mentality. They have conquered, enslaved and exterminated the native populations in the Americas (US and Canada), Australia and New Zealand. They are masters at ethnic cleansing which certainly allowed them to solve any minority problems. If China did not respect human rights and minority rights but instead adopted the genocidal policies of the Anglo-Saxons, the Tibetans and Uygurs would have been exterminated or living in reservations. Even worse, in order to contain and destabilise China the US is allowing the anti-China terrorists a safe refuge in the US. The Anglos are the most unfriendly and diabolical.
mfchung
don't stress it, the washington post and the telegraph have started calling these terror attacks. the pressitutes at the scmp are low down in the feeding trough, it takes a while for the NSA cheques to be delivered by snail mail.
5359337f-85d8-4858-a065-34fa0a320969
SCMP and a fair amount of its journalists are funded by MI6 and CIA to stir up the heat within society for the purpose of splitting up nations and creating trouble for China/HK. This is a ex-colonial newspaper with a lot of British imperialism mindsets, what do you expect?
TigerJ
Meaningless comment (I)
Rambo
Mr. or Ms. M. Miyagi
Absolutely right. Only way to deal with terrorists is the destroy them wherever they hide including in the US.
5359337f-85d8-4858-a065-34fa0a320969
SCMP and a fair amount of its journalists are funded by MI6 and CIA to stir up the heat within society for the purpose of splitting up nations and creating trouble for China/HK. This is a ex-colonial newspaper with a lot of British imperialism mindsets, what do you expect?
TigerJ
Charlie Brown 212 and Pig Hater Wagner are best friends in the whole wide world... Everybody clap, yeah!!
TigerJ
Meaningless comment (II)
charlie212
you're boring us .
did you just register your account name here today to troll ?
5359337f-85d8-4858-a065-34fa0a320969
How ironic, Marcus? That's exactly you, thank you for your self introduction. Your demonization of other races is the dead giveaway. I suppose it is pointless wondering why a newspaper infiltrated by biased westerners, MI6, and CIA permits such extreme racism and hatred on its site. But having read a few British newspapers and sites over the years, it is sadly consistent with what is freely permitted in your part of the world.
5359337f-85d8-4858-a065-34fa0a320969
@Formerly:
Is that Chinese you're writing? It's a pile of incomprehensible gibberish.
What do you think U.S. is doing in Iraq/Iran/Saudi Arabia, preaching Muslim? Claims to "free the people" using democracy, but in actuality, U.S.'s agenda is to split up nations, take their natural resources, establish platform to preach Christianity for political cleansing, while committing genocide on Muslims on the side.
Admit it, you're just a sorrow Brit/American. It shows from your imperial mindset.
Formerly ******
Dearest Mr. or Ms. honger, aka dumbsh*t:
It was the Chinese authorities who said that the attackers were separatists. As you obviously don't know, terrorist and separatist aren't mutually exclusive terms. In fact, a a separatist could be a terrorist. It's no different than saying that an act of terrorism was committed by an islamic fundamentalist; nevertheless, the perpetrator is both a terrorist and an islamic fundamentalist.
Thus ends your English lesson for today.
親愛的先生或女士 honger,aka 弱智呢:
t 是中國當局說攻擊者是分離主義者的人。你顯然不知道,恐怖分子和分離主義者不是相互排斥的條款。事實上,分離主義者可能是一個恐怖分子。這是沒有什麼不同說恐怖主義行為是由伊斯蘭原教旨主義 ;然而,犯罪行為人是恐怖分子和伊斯蘭原教旨主義。
因而結束今天的英語課。
5359337f-85d8-4858-a065-34fa0a320969
SCMP and a fair amount of its journalists are funded by MI6 and CIA to stir up the heat within society for the purpose of splitting up nations and creating trouble for China/HK. This is a ex-colonial newspaper with a lot of British imperialism mindsets, what do you expect?
michaelhctam@gmail.com
Why is ANSCHLUSS so hard?
raglan
All terrorist activities lead to Langley, Virginia.
M Miyagi
Better than in US. Just waiting for a nuclear 911.
TigerJ
Meaningless comment (III). Not unexpected from the Pig Hater.
TigerJ
Did not know you need to be entertained, Charlie... There are many venues other than SCMP for that.
Marcus T Anthony
Rambo, it is remarkable how similar your views are to extremist, fascist thought throughout history. Your demonisation of other races is the dead giveaway. I suppose it is pointless wondering why Hong Kong's international newspaper permits such extreme racism and hatred on its site. But having read a few mainland sites over the years, it is sadly consistent with what is freely permitted in this part of the world.
sng7444
I suggest China should gather all this US so called separatists and send them all to US soil. I am sure soon or later, the US will call them all terrorists!
TigerJ
aplucky! another China-hater! How have you been??!!
Tim Zone
China's government is too soft! China needs to learn from the US and Israel on how to deal with terrorists properly.
Marcus T Anthony
I'm not trying to shame you, just trying to get you to reflect upon what you are writing here, and how it reflects badly on your country. I use my real name because I write with integrity. Analysing government policy is not considered racist where I come from.
As for the facts about racism, the truth is that Anglo countries always rate very low for racism, simply because awareness of it is so advanced in these countries. This survey, for example showed that the Anglo countries are far more tolerant of ethnic diversity than just about any other. And that's pretty much what you'd expect from multi-cultural societies. The survey asked people whether they would like to have neighbours from other countries and races. The results relate pretty well to my experience as a foreigner in many countries, and in being married into a Chinese family and travelling with Chinese people to other countries. Unfortunately the survey suggests that Hong Kong was by far the least culturally tolerant place on Earth, with 70% of people expressing reservations about living close to foreigners. This, I suspect, reflects the lack of any real discourse on racism in China and HK - other than the idea that people here are always the victims of racism. ***www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/10061025/Worlds-most-racially-intolerant-countries-mapped.html
grosvenor2007
50cents to Marcus from MI6
honger
Is **** a prohibited word on thsi board?
bolshoi
Draconian measures are called for.
Formerly ******
Dear M Miyagi:
Do you think that your blood thirsty, murderous, and hateful comments are the image China wants to project to the world? You rant in semi-literate English about how terrible is the US, but then you offer only solutions of killing, hate, and total destruction. Don't you think that this is contradictory?
On the other hand, your views are representative of the political philosophy of communism.
親愛的 M 宮城縣:
你認為你血渴、 殺人不眨眼,和可恨的評論是中國想要向世界專案的圖像嗎?你罵的半文盲英文的關於如何可怕就是美國,但然後你提供殺害、 仇恨和徹底毀滅的唯一解決方案。你不覺得這是自相矛盾嗎?
另一方面,你的意見是共產主義的政治哲學的代表。
chanaa
its not the world tiger j, its you. Theres always one village idiot
aplucky1
poor tiger, rejected by his parents for being gay
someone out there loves u
TigerJ
*******: your letter was not published because it addresses too many taboo subjects.
Marcus T Anthony
No, but "common sense" is.
TigerJ
chanaa - welcome! nice name!
53800e98-69c4-43ad-9a5e-08e10a3209ca
The quotation marks on terrorist make me sick. A paper refused to recognize 39 civilians killing as terrorist attack makes me feel like there is no justice or independent thinking in it at all. These people who write every Xinjiang and Uygur article in the same pattern should learn how to show respect to their profession.
suewilliams321
The Uyghers were hired 1000 yrs ago from Turkey by China as mercenaries to help fight off the Tibetan warlord incursions into this west region of the Silk Route. They had then remained and intermarried with Xiong Nu from Mongolia, resulting in present caucasoid-mongolian admixture inhabitants. Leopards cannot change their spots I'm afraid. These isolated,disorientated, time- warped travellers obviously do not realise it is now the 21st and not 10th century AD. Time for a belated demob/repatriation to bosoms of countries of origin.
robert.keene.94
Agreed now tell the Chinese to get out of Africa and South Africa in particular and stop their grabbing imperialism - we are also **** off by the lawless, self-serving Chinese invasion of our economy, ecology and environmental rights in our country, as are the citizens of Xinjiang?
TigerJ
Interesting...
5353b57f-a9f4-46e1-903d-34f50a320969
if this was really the uyghurs, why doesn't the world uyghur congress claim they did it? it's big success that they killed 31, a big victory and long live East Turkestan?
suewilliams321
Likely another Zionist/US mischieve-stirring false flag event as had occurred in Ukraine, 9/11, Syria.....etc, etc. They certainly know how to strum the zombie terrorists of fascist/islamic persuation, and make them dance to their tunes. Ghastly,piteous, mindless puppets on a string. Karma means they can look forward to rebirth as pigs, what irony!
5353b57f-a9f4-46e1-903d-34f50a320969
new zealand had the treaty of waitangi which spared the maoris, but you are right about the rest, they didn't even see the locals as human beings so genocide does not apply.
TigerJ
Marcus Anthony - so you are the SCMP censor now? Between that and your China-bashing, you must be really busy.
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nabanita.javed
Explosion at a Chinese Market in Urumqui ****bit.ly/1vJTUUn
vonbayu@gmail.com
As part of China, I have never heard or know why HK would want to issue travel warning to another part of the same country, unless HongKongers do not read the news of their own country. It doesn't go by logic. And yes, I would not expect HK to issue warning to Kowloon, Lantau or any parts of HK for that matter if it does come to that.

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