China police seize 1.8 tons of bomb material

2014-05-27 07:37
A police officer walks near a blast scene, which has been cordoned off, in downtown Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Region. (File, AP)

A police officer walks near a blast scene, which has been cordoned off, in downtown Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Region. (File, AP)

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Beijing - Police in China's restive Xinjiang seized 1.8 tons of bomb making material and detained five people, authorities said on Tuesday, following a string of deadly attacks blamed on militants from the Muslim Uighur homeland.

China vowed a year-long crackdown on terrorism over the weekend with violence blamed on separatists from Xinjiang increasingly targeting civilians and spreading far outside the western region in recent months.

Last week five suspects killed 39 people and wounded more than 90 in a car and bomb attack at a market in the regional capital Urumqi, in an attack condemned as terrorism by both Beijing and Washington.

Officers in and around Hotan in southern Xinjiang "destroyed two explosive-making dens and seized 1.8 ton of raw material that the gang planned to use to make explosive devices, along with a large amount of partly finished explosive devices", reported the regional government's Tianshan website.

In recent days the group began making explosive devices with the goal of "driving into a crowded place, running people over and setting off bombs" in Hotan, it said.

The gang had watched videos promoting terrorism and religious extremism, it added, and said the group's leader had instructed members to acquire materials from Urumqi and elsewhere in China.

Religious repression

On 30 April, the final day of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the region, assailants armed with knives and explosives killed one person and wounded 79 attack at an Urumqi railway station.

In March knifemen killed 29 people and wounded 143 at a railway station in south-western Kunming city, an incident dubbed "China's 9/11" by state media.

Authorities have vowed to crack down and taken the rare step of deploying armed police in major cities.

Police arrested more than 200 suspects and seized more than 200 explosive devices around Xinjiang over the past month, state-run media said at the weekend.

Beijing says it faces a violent separatist movement in Xinjiang driven by religious extremism and backed by overseas terrorist organisations.

But experts question how organised groups in Xinjiang are and how strong their foreign links may be.

China strictly controls information in the region.

Rights groups blame the discontent in part on cultural and religious repression of Uighurs and economic favouritism toward an influx of ethnic majority Han to the resource-rich region.

In 2009 riots broke out in Urumqi between Uighurs and Han Chinese that left 200 people dead.
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