14 ter­ror­ists killed in south­ern Xinjiang

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By CUI JIA cui­jia@chi­nadaily.com.cn Gao Bo in Urumqi con­trib­uted to this story

Four­teen ter­ror­ists were killed as they attacked po­lice of­fi­cers with knives and ex­plo­sives in Kash­gar, in the south­ern Xinjiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion, on Sun­day night.

Two of­fi­cers were killed in the clash, the lo­cal in­for­ma­tion of­fice said on Mon­day.

Two mem­bers of the ter­ror­ist cell were also ar­rested.

The po­lice of­fi­cers were on their way to catch crim­i­nal sus­pects at around 11 pm in Say­ibage town­ship, Shufu county, near Kash­gar when they were attacked by a vi­o­lent mob armed with knives and ex­plo­sives.

Chen Li, deputy di­rec­tor of the in­for­ma­tion of­fice of Kash­gar pre­fec­ture, said that the in­ci­dent is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The at­tack­ers are vi­o­lent ter­ror­ists and their be­hav­ior should be con­demned, Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs spokes­woman Hua Chun­y­ing said at a news brief­ing on Mon­day.

The in­ci­dent “once again showed the true face of vi­o­lent ter­ror”.

Last month, nine peo­ple armed with axes and knives were shot dead when they attacked a po­lice sta­tion in Selibuya town­ship, Bachu county, killing two as­sis­tant of­fi­cers.

In April, a ter­ror­ist at­tack by a 25-mem­ber gang left 21 dead in Selibuya, in­clud­ing six at­tack­ers and six po­lice of­fi­cers. The clash was de­scribed by the re­gion’s in­for­ma­tion of­fice as a “se­vere, vi­o­lent ter­ror in­ci­dent”.

The po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­ter­mined the gang had watched and lis­tened to ma­te­rial re­lated to re­li­gious ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism. The mem­bers learned to kill by watch­ing footage of ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

More than 190 vi­o­lent and ter­ror­ist cases were recorded in Xinjiang in 2012, a sharp in­crease from the pre­vi­ous year, Ori­en­tal Out­look mag­a­zine re­ported last month.

The weekly said that more than 100 or­ga­ni­za­tions or groups that en­dan­gered State se­cu­rity have been bro­ken up an­nu­ally by po­lice since 2009, cit­ing sta­tis­tics from the Xinjiang Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bureau.

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