Sus­pect killed in Xin­jiang Uygur at­tack

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

Po­lice shot one sus­pect dead and ar­rested an­other af­ter of­fi­cers were at­tacked in the Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion on Thurs­day

Two men in a car stopped by po­lice for in­spec­tion in Aksu, south­ern Xin­jiang, in the af­ter­noon used ma­chetes to hack at the of­fi­cers. They also threw ex­plo­sives at a pa­trol car, ac­cord­ing to the re­gional in­for­ma­tion of­fice.

An as­sis­tant of­fi­cer was in­jured in the at­tack.

The iden­ti­ties of the men and mo­tives for the at­tack are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

On April 30, three people, in­clud­ing the two ter­ror­ists, were killed and 79 in­jured in an ex­plo­sion at Urumqi South Rail­way Sta­tion in the re­gional cap­i­tal.

Po­lice have tight­ened se­cu­rity na­tion­wide, de­ploy­ing thou­sands of armed of­fi­cers at pub­lic venues.

Li Juan, vice-pres­i­dent of Xin­jiang Po­lice Col­lege, said the fact that po­lice of­fi­cers stopped the men be­fore they caused any dam­age on Thurs­day showed an im­proved ca­pa­bil­ity to pre­vent at­tacks and en­sure

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se­cu­rity.

She said the pub­lic had also re­sponded to an­titer­ror­ism cam­paigns by reporting sus­pi­cious people and ve­hi­cles, al­low­ing po­lice to re­spond quickly.

A na­tional se­cu­rity doc­u­ment re­leased on Tues­day said China had faced an in­creas­ing num­ber of ter­ror­ist at­tacks in the past year, with 10 vi­o­lent at­tacks re­ported.

The ter­ror­ists mainly tar­geted po­lice and govern­ment agencies. All the at­tacks were re­lated to ex­trem­ists and sep­a­ratists from Xin­jiang, in­clud­ing one in Tian’an­men Square, Bei­jing, in Oc­to­ber.

Xin­jiang Daily re­ported on Thurs­day that five people had been sen­tenced to up to 15 years in prison at a re­cent trial for sep­a­ratism and en­dan­ger­ing na­tional se­cu­rity. Con­tact the writ­ers at gaobo@chi­nadaily.com.cn and cui­jia@chi­nadaily.com.cn.

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