Xi calls for ‘de­ci­sive ac­tion’ in Xin­jiang AT A GLANCE

Two at­tack­ers dead af­ter blast and stab­bings at train sta­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By GAO BO and CUI JIA in Urumqi

The two people who car­ried out Wed­nes­day’s ter­ror­ist at­tack in a rail­way sta­tion in Urumqi, Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion, had been in­volved in re­li­gious ex­trem­ism for a long time, po­lice said on Thurs­day.

A po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed that Sedierd­ing Shawuti, 39, from Shaya county of south­ern Xin­jiang’s Aksu pre­fec­ture and an­other at­tacker were in­flu­enced by re­li­gious ex­trem­ism. They stabbed people at the South Rail­way Sta­tion exit with knives and set off ex­plo­sives about 7:10 pm af­ter a train ar­rived at one of the plat­forms on Wed­nes­day, the in­for­ma­tion of­fice of the re­gion said on Thurs­day evening.

Both at­tack­ers were killed in the blast and a civil­ian was also killed at the scene. The at­tack and ex­plo­sion, which hap­pened on the day Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping con­cluded his visit to the re­gion, also left 79 in­jured, in­clud­ing four in se­ri­ous but not life-threat­en­ing con­di­tion. Some of the in­jured have been dis­charged from the hospi­tal.

The lo­cal govern­ment called it a ter­ror­ist at­tack. It is just one of a se­ries in the re­gion in re­cent years.

Xi de­manded “de­ci­sive ac­tions” be taken af­ter the at­tack. He said that the bat­tle to com­bat vi­o­lence and ter­ror­ism can­not al­low even a mo­ment of slack­ness, and de­ci­sive ac­tion must be taken to sup­press the ter­ror­ists’ mo­men­tum, ac­cord­ing to Xin­hua News Agency.

He noted that the anti-sep­a­ratism bat­tle in Xin­jiang is long-term and com­pli­cated.

Au­thor­i­ties need to care­fully iden­tify and fix the se­cu­rity loop­holes to safe­guard so­cial sta­bil­ity, Zhang Chunx­ian, Party chief of Xin­jiang, said af­ter the at­tack ac­cord­ing to Xin­jiang TV.

“I don’t think it is a co­in­ci­dence that the at­tack hap­pened so close to Xi’s visit, which fur­ther ex­posed the ter­ror­ists’ anti-so­cial na­ture,” said Abudul­rekep Tum­niyaz, deputy di­rec­tor of Xin­jiang Is­lamic As­so­ci­a­tion, one of the re­li­gious lead­ers who met with Xi on Wed­nes­day morn­ing. “Just like Xi said, those people (ter­ror­ists) need to be se­verely pun­ished,”he said.

Xi said he hopes re­li­gious lead­ers like Abudul­rekep could help people stay away from ex­trem­ism.

Dur­ing his four-day visit to Xin­jiang, Xi said the longterm sta­bil­ity of Xin­jiang is vi­tal to the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment, unity and na­tional se­cu­rity. He also watched an an­titer­ror­ism drill in Urumqi by the army based in the re­gion and said the armed forces should leave no liv­ing space for ter­ror­ists.

All ser­vices at the sta­tion, in­clud­ing the new ex­press train con­nect­ing four cities in the re­gion that was launched on Thurs­day morn­ing, have been run­ning as sched­uled.

En­trances and ex­its at the sta­tion are be­ing guarded by armed po­lice.

On March 1, knife-wield­ing ter­ror­ists killed 29 people and in­jured an­other 143 at a rail­way sta­tion in Kun­ming, cap­i­tal of south­east China’s

URUMQI RAIL­WAY STA­TION EX­PLO­SION

stabbed people at the South Rail­way Sta­tion with knives be­fore set­ting off ex­plo­sives.

was also killed at the scene. in­clud­ing four in se­ri­ous but not life-threat­en­ing con­di­tion.

LO­CAL RE­AC­TION “I don’t think it is a co­in­ci­dence that the at­tack hap­pened so close to (Pres­i­dent) Xi’s visit, which fur­ther ex­posed the ter­ror­ists’ anti-so­cial na­ture. Just like Xi said, those people (ter­ror­ists) need to be se­verely pun­ished.” deputy di­rec­tor of Xin­jiang Is­lamic As­so­ci­a­tion Yun­nan prov­ince in March. Ev­i­dence linked the at­tack to sep­a­ratists from Xin­jiang. Con­tact the writ­ers through cui­jia@chi­nadaily.com.cn.

ZHU XINGXIN / CHINA DAILY

Rel­a­tives of pas­sen­gers on board miss­ing Malaysia Air­lines Flight MH370 at­tend a video con­fer­ence at the Metropark Lido Ho­tel in Bei­jing on Thurs­day. Malaysia Air­lines ad­vised rel­a­tives of the miss­ing to re­turn home.

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