Ter­ror­ists mur­der officials who refuse to join group

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By GAO BO in Urumqi gaobo@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Ter­ror­ists ar­rested for their at­tack on July 28 in Shache county in south­ern Xin­jiang’s Kashgar pre­fec­ture, ad­mit­ted that they killed two town­ship officials be­cause they re­fused to join the ter­ror­ists and rep­ri­manded the at­tack­ers, the lo­cal in­for­ma­tion of­fice said.

Thirty-seven civil­ians were killed and 13 oth­ers in­jured in the at­tack. Po­lice shot 59 ter­ror­ists and ar­rested 215 oth­ers.

It was 4 am when Ubu­la­jan Tuo­hot, 44, head of Dun­bak town­ship, was sum­moned to his of­fice, af­ter sleep­ing less than 4 hours at his home in the county.

He asked Abdu’ani Turdi, 38, a mem­ber of the lead­ing group of the town­ship, to drive there with him.

At about the same time, a gang armed with knives and axes at­tacked a po­lice sta­tion and govern­ment of­fices in Elixku town­ship, and some moved on to nearby Huangdi town­ship, at­tack­ing civil­ians and smash­ing ve­hi­cles as they went.

The at­tack­ers also set up road­blocks on Bachu-Shache Road and stopped pass­ing ve­hi­cles be­fore slash­ing pas­sen­gers in­dis­crim­i­nately and forc­ing civil­ians to join them in the ter­ror at­tack, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal po­lice.

The ter­ror­ists forced Ubu­la­jan and Abdu’ani, who were stopped at the road­block near Elixku town­ship, to shout ji­hadist slo­gans and join the ter­ror­ists. Both re­fused. By the time the po­lice ar­rived, the two officials had been bru­tally killed and their car burned.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions showed that it was an at­tack jointly “or­ga­nized and pre­med­i­tated” by ter­ror­ists both in­side and out­side China.

The mas­ter­mind be­hind the at­tack was said to be Nu­ra­mat Sawut, from Elixku town­ship, who had close con­nec­tions with the East Turkestan Is­lamic Move­ment ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Guo Shengkun made an in­spec­tion tour in Xin­jiang from Aug 1 to 4, his third anti-ter­ror­ism in­spec­tion in the re­gion.

Guo went specif­i­cally to Shache county to learn the de­tails of the at­tack, and he vis­ited lo­cal po­lice and res­i­dents.

He called for im­proved in­tel­li­gence col­lec­tion, in­te­grated pre­ven­tion and con­trol mea­sures and bet­ter early-warn­ing and emer­gency re­sponse ca­pa­bil­i­ties to leave no gaps for ter­ror­ists to ex­ploit.

He urged the grass­roots govern­ment to mo­bi­lize vil­lagers to par­tic­i­pate in anti-ter­ror­ism work.

On Sun­day, the Xin­jiang govern­ment an­nounced it would give re­wards to­tal­ing about 300 mil­lion yuan ($48.7 mil­lion) to all those who hero­ically par­tic­i­pated in the re­cent mas­sive man­hunt and cap­ture of the re­main­ing sus­pected mem­bers of a ter­ror­ist cell in Moyu county of Hotan pre­fec­ture. The first awards, amount­ing to 4.23 mil­lion yuan, were given to out­stand­ing groups and in­di­vid­u­als.

CHEN JING / FOR CHINA DAILY

Lo­cal vil­lagers in Shache county ex­am­ine il­lus­tra­tions teach­ing them how to iden­tify ex­treme re­li­gious acts on Tues­day in Kashgar pre­fec­ture, in the Xin­jiang Uygur au­tonomous re­gion.

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