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2008-08-10 15:00:30

By Edward Wong A terrorist group seeking an independent Muslim state in western China has released a video threatening an attack on the Olympic Games here, according to an American organization that tracks terrorist Internet posts. The opening graphics of the video, which was released Thursday, show a burning Olympic logo and an explosion superimposed over a Games site, said the monitoring organization, IntelCenter, based in Alexandria, Virginia. According to IntelCenter's description,...

2008-08-05 12:00:41

In the lead-up to the Summer Olympics, the Chinese government has launched a security clampdown in Beijing unprecedented in the country [BusinessWeek.com, 07/28/08]. But in other parts of China, the security presence is not as intense, and on Aug. 4, terrorists took advantage. An attack on a border armed-police division in the far western region of Xinjiang killed 16 policemen and injured 16 others, China's official Xinhua news agency reported. Two attackers driving a truck threw explosives...

2008-08-05 06:00:03

By Andrew Jacobs Jake Hooker and Tang Xuemei contributed research. * Two men armed with knives and explosives ambushed a military police unit in China's majority-Muslim northwest region Monday morning, killing 16 officers and wounding 16 others before being arrested, according to the state media. Officials labeled the incident an act of terrorism and suggested the culprits were associated with a separatist movement that is seeking independence for China's Uighur minority, a...

2008-08-04 18:00:02

KASHGAR, China _ China said Monday that two assailants in a truck mowed down a group of jogging policemen, then tossed grenades and slashed gasping survivors with knives in an attack that left 16 officers dead in this restive Muslim region in the nation's far west. It was the bloodiest such attack in recent times in China, and it sent trepidation through the country just four days before the Summer Olympic Games open. The state news agency, Xinhua, said the policemen were jogging at about...

2008-08-04 12:00:02

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) URUMQI, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) - Two suspects, who carried out violent attack on border police in China's western city of Kashi, Xinjiang, were identified as two Uighur men, aged 28 and 33, respectively, said the local police. The attackers were detained on the spot, after killing at least 16 policemen and injuring 16 others outside the gate of the Kashi border police division. The Karshi police said that...

2008-08-04 09:00:04

An attack Monday at a border police station in northwest China's Muslim-majority Xinjiang region killed 16 policemen and injured 16 more, police said. The attack comes just days before the start of the Summer Olympics in Beijing. Two men driving a truck crashed into a group of policemen jogging during morning exercises in front of their barracks in Kashi, 870 miles southwest of Urumchi, capital of Xinjiang, Xinhua reported. The two got off their vehicle after it hit a roadside utility...

2008-08-04 00:00:17

Grenade attacks Monday on a border patrol police station in China's northwest Xinjiang region killed 16 policemen and injured 16 more. Two attackers driving a truck tossed two grenades causing an explosion at the station in Kashi, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The two were arrested, the report said, but there were few details about them or the attack. Xinjiang -- close to the borders of Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan -- is home to China's 8 million Turkic-speaking...

2008-07-31 18:00:38

KASHGAR, China _ This windswept city lies on the western edge of the Chinese empire; it's a shorter trek to Kabul, from here, than to Beijing. Kashgar has been a strategic spot ever since the days of Marco Polo _ first, as a Silk Road crossroads connecting the mountains of India and Persia with the Chinese heartland. Later, it was a listening post for spies in the 19th century Great Game, when the British Empire and czarist Russia jockeyed for control of Central Asia. Walk the city today...

2006-05-12 00:28:03

BEIJING (Reuters) - A former leader of China's far western region of Xinjiang criticized the United States on Friday for allowing five Chinese Muslims released from Guantanamo Bay to seek asylum in Albania. Ismail Amat, a vice-chairman of China's parliament and formerly a senior Communist Party official in the Central Asia border region that is home to the country's Muslim Uighur minority, said the men should have been released into Chinese custody. "The way the U.S. has handled...

2006-01-20 02:33:27

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities arrested more than 18,000 people for national security reasons in the mainly Muslim western region of Xinjiang last year, a newspaper said on Friday, which a dissident described as a rise of a quarter. Uighur activists, who Beijing says are terrorists trying to split China, have been struggling for decades for self-determination in remote Xinjiang, formally established as an autonomous region on October 1, 1955. The official...