TERRORISM

CCTV airs Xinjiang terror group video of 'jihad launch'

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 August, 2014, 9:30am
UPDATED : Monday, 25 August, 2014, 12:58pm

State television yesterday aired new videos reportedly found on the computers and mobile phones of attackers behind last year's car crash in Tiananmen Square that killed two tourists and injured 40.

The footage showed a man named as Usmen Hasan leading a swearing-in ceremony on a hill in Urumqi, Xinjiang, before the group launched a "jihad", according to China Central Television.

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Usmen Hasan was also seen burning the flags of China, the United States, Germany, Malaysia, Pakistan and Uzbekistan.

The footage was aired a day after state media reported the execution of eight people for terror attacks in Xinjiang, including three who "masterminded" the Tiananmen Square attack.

Usmen Hasan, his wife and mother were all reportedly in the car and died at the scene after the vehicle hit Jinshui Bridge in front of the Tiananmen gate tower and exploded in October.

The executions were punishment for crimes ranging from setting up a terrorist operation and illegally making explosives, to attacking police officers and killing government officials, Xinhua said.

Some of the people executed were blamed for attacks in the Xinjiang prefecture of Aksu, the city of Kashgar and the town of Hotan, Xinhua said.

The World Uyghur Congress said the executed individuals paid a heavy price but the root causes of the issues had been overlooked.

"The lawyers, to accomplish political ends, led them to accept China's charges, and skirted the causes of the issue," spokesman Dilxat Raxit said yesterday.

"It's a typical case of the law serving political ends."

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