Monday, February 17, 2014

China's police reveal details of Xinjiang attack

Police in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region say last week's attacks on police vehicles were carried out by a group of terrorists.

China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Friday that police shot dead 8 people who attacked police vehicles in Wushi County, Aksu District.

The incident left 4 people injured, including police officers. Three others died in a suicide bombing.

Xinhua said on Sunday an investigation showed that the attack was an organized, premeditated terrorist attack targeting police.

The news agency quoted police as saying a man believed to be a Uygur started spreading religious extremism 3 years ago.

The man reportedly headed a group of 13 suspected terrorists since September 2013.

Police said the group listened to audio and watched videos of terrorist acts, and also carried out physical training.

Police also said they purchased vehicles, made explosive devices since January and conducted trial explosions several times to prepare for attacks on police vehicles.

The Chinese government has stepped up its crackdown on Uygurs in the largely Muslim autonomous region, citing the presence of terrorists.

But restrictions on religious activities are fueling discontent among the ethnic minority.