Jihadis creeping EAST as China ‘annihilates 28 members of Islamist terrorist group’

Friday, November 20, 2015
By Paul Martin

THE Chinese government claims Islamist terrorism is creeping further east as it announced police have shot dead 28 members of an alleged terrorist group following a deadly attack at a coal mine.

By ALIX CULBERTSON
Express.co.uk
Fri, Nov 20, 2015

Security forces were engaged in a 56-day “continuous” fight to destroy the group which is under the direction of “foreign extremists” after an attack on a coal mine in September in the Aksu region of the mainly-Muslim Xinjiang province in far west China which shares a border with Kyrgyzstan, state media revealed today.

It was the first official mention of the Aksu attack, in which the Xinjiang Daily said 16 people died, including five police officers, and another 18 people were injured.

Unofficial reports at the time said 50 people had been killed.

Attackers fled to the mountains and a manhunt was launched, with more than 10,000 people taking part every day, forming an “inescapable dragnet”, the paper said.

Beijing maintains it faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists in energy-rich Xinjiang, where hundreds have died in mainly state-led violence in recent years.

Critics say the Government is accusing “foreign controllers” in order to shift the blame away from their continued suppression of the Muslim Uighur community’s culture and religion.

Rights groups say China has never presented convincing evidence of the existence of a cohesive militant group fighting the government.

Xinjiang Daily said: “After 56-days of continuous fighting, Xinjiang destroyed a violent terrorist gang directly under the command of a foreign extremist group. Aside from one person who surrendered, 28 thugs were completely annihilated.”

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