Muslimske separatister fra Xinjang-provinsen gjennomførte torsdag et terrorangrep mot et marked i provinshovedstaden Ururqi. Foreløpig er 31 meldt drept og 90 såret.
Det er det alvorligste terrorangrep noensinne i provinsens historie.
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Assailants in two SUVs plowed through shoppers while setting off explosives on a busy street market in China’s volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang on Thursday, the local officials said, killing 31 people and injuring more than 90.
The attack in the city of Urumqi was the bloodiest in a series of violent incidents that Chinese authorities have blamed on radical separatist Muslim Uighurs. The Xinjiang regional government said in a statement that the early morning attack was «a serious violent terrorist incident of a particularly vile nature.»
The two vehicles crashed through barriers at 7:50 a.m., drove right into the crowds while setting off explosives, the statement said.
The SUVs then crashed head-on and one of them exploded, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. It quoted an eyewitness as saying there were up to a dozen blasts in all.
It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack, but recent violence in the region has been blamed on extremists from Xinjiang’s native Turkic Uighur Muslim ethnic group seeking to overthrow Chinese rule in the region.
Dette var bare det siste i en rad angrep, og det bemerkelsesverdige er at de retter seg mot sivile. Det kan bare øke motsetningene mellom han-kineserne og uigurene. I 2009 ble minst 200 drept da uigurer og han-kinesere gikk løs på hverandre i Uruqi.
Beijing fører en hard koloniserings politikk i Xinjang akkurat som de gjør i Tibet, ved å sende inn han-kinesere. Tre femtedeler av innbyggerne i Uruqi – en by på 3 milliioner – er nå han-kinesere.
Det er forståelig at uigurene blir fortvilet, men blinde angrep på sivile kan bare føre til mer undertrykking og lidelse.
I mars stormet de inn på jernbanestasjonen i Yunnan og drepte 29 mennesker med lange kniver.
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The knowledge that Muslims elsewhere are rising up against their governments also seems to be contributing to the increased militancy.
Thursday’s attack came two days after courts in Xinjiang sentenced 39 people to prison after being convicted of crimes including organizing and leading terrorist groups, inciting ethnic hatred, ethnic discrimination and the illegal manufacturing of guns.
Straffene er drakoniske.
Among those convicted Tuesday was 25-year-old Maimaitiniyazi Aini, who received five years in prison for inciting ethnic hatred and ethnic discrimination for comments he made in six chat groups involving 1,310 people, the Supreme Court said.
In another case, a Uighur man was jailed for 15 years after he preached jihad, or holy war, to his son and another young man, according to the court.