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  • Chinese Communist Party officials harden rhetoric on Islam

    03/12/2017 9:50:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies ^ | 3/12/2017 | unknown
    - China's ruling Communist Party is hardening its rhetoric about Islam, with top officials making repeated warnings this past week about the specter of global religious extremism seeping into the country. Shaerheti Ahan, a top political and legal affairs party official in Xinjiang, became the latest official from a predominantly Muslim region to warn political leaders gathered in Beijing about China becoming destabilized by the "international anti-terror situation." Over the past year, President Xi Jinping has directed the party to "Sinicize" the country's ethnic and religious minorities, while regional leaders in Xinjiang, home to the Uighur (WEE-gur) ethnic minority, have...
  • Prefecture in China's Xinjiang to track cars by satellite

    02/20/2017 10:00:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 21, 2017 12:52 AM EST | Gerry Shih
    A prefecture in China’s far western Xinjiang region is requiring all vehicles to install satellite tracking systems as part of stepped-up measures against violent attacks. Traffic police in Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture announced the regulation on Sunday, shortly after thousands of heavily armed police paraded in the Xinjiang capital and ruling Communist Party officials vowed to ramp up their campaign against separatists and Islamic militants. The vehicle-tracking program in Bayingolin will utilize China’s homegrown Beidou satellite system, launched in recent years to reduce China’s reliance on U.S.-based GPS providers for sensitive applications. Authorities said they will also track cars using...
  • China wants Muslims to know boundaries between legal and illegal religious activities: Official

    11/29/2016 10:01:10 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Monday, November 28, 2016 | Reuters
    Beijing - Religious extremism has begun to spread to inland China from its western Xinjiang region, long considered by the government to be at the forefront of its efforts to battle Islamist separatists, the country's top religious affairs official said. China says it faces a serious threat from Islamist militants in Xinjiang, which borders central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and is home to the largely Muslim Uighur minority group. Hundreds have died there in recent years in violence that Beijing blames on religious extremists, and the government has put in place tight controls on religion in the name of combating...
  • Pakistani man gets 40 years for NYC subway terror plot

    11/27/2015 5:16:07 AM PST · by csvset · 18 replies
    CBS ^ | November 24, 2015 | Jane Rosenberg
    A Pakistani man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Tuesday for his role in a failed al Qaeda bomb plot targeting sites in Europe and the United states, including the New York City subway system. Abid Naseer, 29, is the eighth defendant to be charged in this case, CBS News' Paula Reid reports. Prosecutors say the planned attack was directed and coordinated with senior Al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan and also involved other targets in Europe. "I know you're not what I'd say, for any lack of a better word, a 'typical' criminal. Not in any sense of the...
  • Chinese Authorities Ban Muslim Names Among Uyghurs in Hoten

    09/27/2015 1:05:02 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 25 replies
    Radio Free Asia ^ | 2015-09-24 | Eset Sulaiman
    Chinese authorities have issued a ban on 22 Muslim names in Hoten prefecture in northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in an apparent bid to discourage extremism among the region's Uyghur residents, threatening to forbid children with such names from attending school unless their parents change them, according to local police and residents. A Uyghur woman named Turakhan who lives in a suburban village of Niya (in Chinese, Minfeng) county in Hoten (Hetian) prefecture told RFA’s Uyghur Service on Wednesday that the village chief and police had informed all residents about “the list of forbidden Muslim names.” “My daughter’s...
  • Bangkok bomb: Thai authorities suspect Uighur link to Erawan shrine attack

    08/19/2015 12:39:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    International Business Times ^ | August 18, 2015 | Vasudevan Sridharan
    Bangkok bomb: Thai authorities suspect Uighur link to Erawan shrine attack By Vasudevan Sridharan | International Business Times – 4 hours ago. Thai authorities are investigating whether Uighur militants from far-western China staged the deadly bombing in the Erawan shrine in Bangkok which killed 22 people. Amid the ongoing manhunt for the suspect who left his backpack, police said they were not ruling out any possibility including deported dozens of Uighurs to China sparking widespread criticism. "Police are not ruling out anything including (Thai) politics and the conflict of ethnic Uighurs who, before this, Thailand sent back to China," National...
  • Chinese Authorities Kill Three, Jail Two Members of Uyghur Family in ‘Anti-Terror’ Raids

    04/08/2015 10:04:28 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 2 replies
    Radio Free Asia ^ | 2015-04-07 | Joshua Lipes
    Authorities in northwest China’s restive Xinjiang region have killed three people and jailed two others from an ethnic Uyghur family during a three-month operation targeting suspected terrorists, according to state media and a relative of one of those killed. A verdict issued by the Purchaqchi township court in Hotan (in Chinese, Hetian) prefecture’s Hotan county in late March announced that Tursun Hoshur, 52, and his daughter Maynur Tursun, 24, were sentenced to 12 and eight years in prison, respectively, for harboring “terrorists,” state media reported. The two had been recovering from wounds sustained after being fired on by authorities during...
  • Xinjiang unrest: China raises death toll to 50

    09/26/2014 4:54:11 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 September 2014
    26 September 2014 Last updated at 02:31 Xinjiang unrest: China raises death toll to 50 Fifty people died in violence on Sunday in Xinjiang, Chinese state media said, in what police called a "serious terrorist attack". Earlier this week state media reported the incident in Luntai county but gave the death toll as two. On Thursday a state news portal said 40 "rioters", six civilians and four police officers were killed. No reason was given for the delay in reporting. Violence has been escalating in Xinjiang in recent months. The region in China's far west is home to the Muslim...
  • Uighur leader: “We have plans for many attacks in China”

    03/18/2014 3:21:57 AM PDT · by blueplum · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 18, 2014 5:45 am EDT | Terrence McCoy
    Traditionally, the Uighur separatists aren’t the sort to seek attention. Dwelling primarily in the mountains of Xinjiang Province in northwest China, they don’t maintain an active social media presence like the Taliban or al-Qaeda. They almost never post videos boasting of exploits. But over the last two weeks, amid so-far unsubstantiated speculation the Uighurs had some involvement in the disappearance of MH370, the Turkic-speaking Muslim group has gained greater international notoriety than perhaps ever before. :snip: The Uighur emergence began on March 1 when a group of them wielding knives stormed a train station in southern China and stabbed to...
  • Chinese group claims responsibility for flight MH370 (Chinese Martyrs' Brigade)

    03/09/2014 11:24:04 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    WantChinaTimes ^ | 2014-03-10
    Chinese group claims responsibility for flight MH370 Staff Reporter 2014-03-10 11:56 (GMT+8) A group that calls itself the Chinese Martyrs' Brigade has claimed responsibility for crashing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which has remained missing after losing contact with ground control at 1:20am on Saturday. The previously unheard-of group sent a PDF statement to various journalists in China on March 9, saying, "You kill one of our clan, we will kill 100 of you as pay back." The majority of Chinese media outlets have expressed skepticism over the statement or dismissed it outright, suggesting it is likely a hoax made up...
  • China Blames [Islamic]Uighur Separatists for Deadly Train Station Attack

    03/02/2014 10:44:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 3/2/14
    Chinese authorities said Sunday that the East Turkestan Islamic Movement was behind a deadly attack on a train station in southwest Yunnan Province last night, local media reported. At least 29 innocent people died, and more than 130 were injured in the attack on the Kunming Railway Station carried out by a group of more than 10 knife-wielding people, Xinhua news agency said. Police reportedly killed five attackers and is searching for the rest of the group. “Evidence at the crime scene showed that the Kunming Railway Station terrorist attack was orchestrated by Xinjiang separatist forces,” Xinhua cited local municipal...
  • China's west erupts in violence 2nd time in 3 days

    06/28/2013 11:06:12 AM PDT · by mojito · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 6/28/2013 | Didi Tang and Gillian Wong
    BEIJING (AP) -- A tense minority region in China's far west erupted in violence Friday for the second time in three days, barely hours after the government called the earlier unrest a "terrorist attack" and raised the death toll to 35. State media gave few details in a brief dispatch about Friday's unrest, saying it was "a violent attack" that took place on a pedestrian street in Hotan, a city in Xinjiang, a region that has seen China's minority Uighurs clash with the ethnic Han majority. No details on casualties were released.
  • Amnesty slams China for Uighur crackdown three years after riots

    07/05/2012 12:03:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jul 5, 2012 2:15am EDT | (Reporting by Sui-Lee Wee; Editing by Ron Popeski)
    China has detained and intimidated dozens of ethnic Uighurs in the far western region of Xinjiang for speaking out on rights abuses following riots in the regional capital three years ago, Amnesty International said. In July 2009, the capital city of Urumqi was rocked by violence between majority Han Chinese and minority Uighurs that killed nearly 200 people. Many of the Muslim Uighurs, who speak a Turkic language and call Xinjiang home, chafe at Beijing's rule. Since then, China has executed nine people it accused of instigating the riots, detained and prosecuted hundreds and ramped up spending on security, according...
  • Detainee Transfer Announced

    04/22/2012 12:38:41 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: MMEDIATE RELEASE No. 291-12 April 19, 2012 Detainee Transfer Announced The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of two Uighur detainees from the detention facility at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay to the Government of El Salvador. These detainees were subject to release from Guantanamo as a result of a court order issued on October 7, 2008 by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and are voluntarily resettling in El Salvador. As directed by the President's January 22, 2009, executive order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a...
  • RedChina: Insurgency in Xinjiang Complicates Chinese-Pakistani Relations

    04/22/2012 12:23:49 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    China typically exercises caution when making public statements about terrorist attacks in Xinjiang. When China blames attacks on Pakistan-based terrorist organizations, such as the possibly defunct East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), it risks adding tensions to the Sino-Pakistani “all-weather” friendship. [1] However, when China blames attacks on local Uyghurs it is tantamount to an admission that its policies in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region have not created a “harmonious society.” Zhou Yongkang (left), member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), shakes hands with a local Uygur farmer...
  • Toxic Vinegar Suspected of Killing 11 in China (Chinese Muslims)

    08/22/2011 11:00:31 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Channel New Asia ^ | 22 August 2011
    Eleven people in China have died and about 140 have fallen ill after consuming vinegar stored in plastic barrels that once contained antifreeze, officials and state media said Monday. Villagers in the remote northwestern region of Xinjiang -- home to the mainly Muslim Uighur minority -- reported feeling sick after breaking the daily fast for Ramadan on Friday, the local government said in a statement. Ramadan is the holy month during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk. An initial probe found the victims had consumed vinegar from plastic barrels that used to contain antifreeze...
  • 18 killed in ancient Chinese city of Kashgar in Xinjiang

    08/01/2011 3:06:04 AM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 31 July 2011 | Michael Wines
    A weekend of violence in China’s far western Xinjiang region has left at least 18 people dead in the ancient city of Kashgar, state-controlled media reported Sunday. It was the second major episode of violence in the last several weeks in an area racked by ethnic tensions.The police in Kashgar killed five suspects Sunday after “a group of armed terrorists” stormed into a restaurant in the city center, killing the owner and a waiter and then setting the restaurant on fire, the Kashgar city government said in two statements on its Web site, according to The Associated Press. They then...
  • Attacks in China's Xinjiang, 13 dead

    07/31/2011 5:50:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    NHK ^ | 07/31/11
    Attacks in China's Xinjiang, 13 dead In China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Saturday night, two men brandishing knives attacked passers-by, killing 6 people. At least 6 others were killed in explosions that occurred near the area just before the incident. China's state-run Xinhua news agency says the 2 men jumped into a truck in Kashgar city. Then they drove into a crowd of people. The pair stabbed 6 people to death. One of the attackers died while being captured. Xinhua says that about an hour before the attack, 2 explosions occurred near the scene, one from a minivan, which...
  • Blast in China's Kashgar kills at least 3: reports (back-to-back attacks on Sat & Sun)

    07/31/2011 4:01:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/31/11 | Terril Yue Jones
    Blast in China's Kashgar kills at least 3: reports By Terril Yue Jones BEIJING | Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:25am EDT (Reuters) - An explosion rocked the far-west Chinese city of Kashgar Sunday, killing at least three people including a policeman in the latest in a series of attacks in the region this month, the state-run news agency Xinhua reported. The explosion came about 16 hours after two other blasts were reported in Kashgar and eight people were killed in a knife attack in the city, in the restive Xinjiang region near Tajikistan. A group of Uighur exiles from the...
  • Armed men attack police station in China’s Xinjiang province, killing officers

    07/18/2011 5:18:27 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 39 replies
    WP ^ | 07/18/11 | Keith B. Richburg
    Armed men attack police station in China’s Xinjiang province, killing officers By Keith B. Richburg, Published: July 18 BEIJING —Attackers armed with Molotov cocktails and explosives stormed a police station in China’s restive Muslim province of Xinjiang on Monday, killing and wounding several police officers, taking hostages and setting the building on fire, according to a local official and a report from the state-run news agency Xinhua. Several attackers and some hostages were killed when police converged on the besieged police station, in the crowded “grand bazaar” area in the city of Hotan, and several bystanders in a nearby commercial...