Ter­ror at­tack

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By CAO YIN in Bei­jing and GAO BO in Urumqi Con­tact the writ­ers at caoyin@chi­nadaily.com.cn and gaobo@chi­nadaily.com.cn.

Anti-ter­ror­ism and pub­lic se­cu­rity ex­perts sug­gest the gov­ern­ment de­sign strate­gies to cope with new-style cases of vi­o­lence in the Xinjiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion, af­ter eight ter­ror­ists were killed dur­ing an as­sault in the area on Mon­day.

Anti-ter­ror­ism and pub­lic se­cu­rity ex­perts have urged the gov­ern­ment to study closely re­cent vi­o­lent at­tacks in the Xinjiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion and to bet­ter cope with them, af­ter eight ter­ror­ists were shot dead dur­ing an as­sault in the area on Mon­day.

At around 6: 30 am, nine ter­ror­ists attacked the po­lice sta­tion in Yarkan, a county in Kash­gar pre­fec­ture, throw­ing ex­plo­sives and set­ting fire to po­lice cars, ac­cord­ing to a lo­cal gov­ern­ment press re­lease.

Po­lice shot and killed eight of the at­tack­ers and ar­rested one. The re­lease said the in­ci­dent is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

For­eign Min­istry spokesman Qin Gang said at a news con­fer­ence on Mon­day that the gov­ern­ment wants to en­hance in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion to fight ter­ror­ism.

The at­tack was the fifth vi­o­lent as­sault in the pre­fec­ture this year, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, and po­lice sta­tions have be­come the main tar­gets.

On Dec 15, 14 ter­ror­ists were killed when they attacked po­lice of­fi­cers with knives and ex­plo­sives in the pre­fec­ture’s Shufu county. Two po­lice of­fi­cers were killed.

On Nov 16, nine at­tack­ers were shot dur­ing an as­sault on a po­lice sta­tion in Bachu county, leav­ing two of­fi­cers dead and two in­jured.

Ma Pinyan, an anti-ter­ror­ism re­searcher, said the ter­ror­ists have tar­geted po­lice sta­tions to win sym­pa­thy and sup­port from res­i­dents who might have con­flicts with the gov­ern­ment.

“The ter­ror­ists went af­ter the po­lice sta­tions hop­ing to cater to those who are un­sat­is­fied with the gov­ern­ment or have dis­putes with lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tions,” he said.

“The at­tack­ers have changed their strate­gies, us­ing their fam­ily mem­bers or sui­cide to at­tack oth­ers, but our gov­ern­ment has not found ways to fight them,” said Ma, deputy di­rec­tor of the eth­nic and re­li­gious study center at the Xinjiang Academy of So­cial Sciences in Urumqi, cap­i­tal of the re­gion.

Fur­ther study is ur­gently needed to un­der­stand th­ese ter­ror­ists and to ad­just de­fense mea­sures to the new style of at­tacks, Ma said.

Li Juan, vice- pres­i­dent of Xinjiang Po­lice Col­lege, said the In­ter­net has been used by ter­ror­ists to spread dan­ger­ous in­for­ma­tion, and se­cu­rity forces need to keep equip­ment up to date to com­bat the vi­o­lent at­tacks.

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