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Religious leaders in Xinjiang have condemned the violence in Bachu County. Jume Tahir, the Imam of the Id Kah mosque in Kashgar and Vice President of the China Islamic Association spoke to CCTV about the incident. He called the violent attack a grave sin.
Jume Tahir, Vice President of China Islamic Association, said, "Killing innocent people is absolutely forbidden in the religion of Islam. It is a grave sin. Those suspects may be born Muslim. But you cannot call them Muslims by their behavior. Islam means peace. By killing innocent people, they have acted against Islamic principles. They cannot be called real Muslims."