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China cracks terrorist ring in Xinjiang

06-24-2010 14:19 BJT

BEIJING, June 24 (Xinhua)-- China has recently broken up a terrorist ring headed by "East Turkistan" separatists, a spokesman with the Ministry of Public Security said Thursday.

Wu Heping, spokesman with the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, speaks at a news conference in Beijing, capital of China, June 24, 2010. Wu Heping said that China had recently broken up a terrorist ring headed by members of "East Turkistan" separatists. Chinese police caught more than ten members of the terrorist group, including the ringleader. The terrorist group was involved in the violent attacks targetting border police in China's westernmost city of Kashi in Xinjiang and engineered explosions in Kuqa County of Xinjiang in 2008, Wu said.(Xinhua/Yuan Man)
Wu Heping, spokesman with the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, speaks at 
a news conference in Beijing, capital of China, June 24, 2010. Wu Heping said 
that China had recently broken up a terrorist ring headed by members of "East 
Turkistan" separatists. Chinese police caught more than ten members of the 
terrorist group, including the ringleader. The terrorist group was involved in 
the violent attacks targetting border police in China's westernmost city of Kashi 
in Xinjiang and engineered explosions in Kuqa County of Xinjiang in 2008, Wu said.(Xinhua/Yuan Man)

The terrorist group was involved in the violent attacks targeting border police in China's westernmost city of Kashgar in Xinjiang and engineered explosions in Kuqa County of Xinjiang in 2008, ministry spokesman Wu Heping told a press conference.

Chinese police caught more than ten members of the terrorist group, including two ringleaders, Wu said.

The two ringleaders, both natives of Xinjiang, were identified as Abdurixit Ablet, 42, and Imin Semai'er, 33.

Police investigations showed Abdurixit Ablet was sent by "East Turkistan" separatists from abroad and Imin Semai'er was a backbone member of the group.

The two men and their aides confessed to police that they had prepared knives, axes and self-made explosives, and planned to launch a series of terrorist attacks in Xinjiang's Kashgar, Hotan and Aksu from July to October 2009, according to Wu.

After their plans were foiled by the police, they fled to China's southern provinces of Guangdong and Yunnan and contacted leaders of the terrorist group East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) by email, Wu said.

They asked for road maps from the ETIM as they attempted to cross the border, Wu said.

Police investigations indicated that overseas-based "East Turkistan" forces had provided financial aid and sent people to help the two men flee.

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