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Islamic militants kill 16 border guards in China

Posted by jagoindia on August 5, 2008


Islamic militants kill 16 border guards in China
aUGUST 5, 2008 Agencies | Beijing

Four days before Olympics

In a terror attack ahead of Olympics, two Islamic militants on Monday rammed a truck into a group of Chinese border guards and lobbed grenades, killing at least 16 of them in restive northwest Xinjiang province, heightening security fears four days before the mega event.

Sixteen personnel were also injured in the attack by Uighur separatists, which took place at around 8 am (5:30 IST) when two assailants ploughed a truck into the policemen who were jogging outside their barracks in Kashgar, a tourist city, police said.

The two militants, who were later arrested, alighted from the vehicle, tossed explosives and hacked to death the guards with knives in front of a hotel, 200 metres away from border armed division, State-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Fourteen policemen were killed on the spot and two others died on way to hospital.

The authorities suspected the involvement of the banned “East Turkistan Islamic Movement” (ETIM) which, they said, was planning terrorist attacks during August 1 to 8, ahead of the opening ceremony of Olympics, Xinhua said.

The separatist Uighur group had nearly a week ago claimed responsibility for a spate of bombings, including the May 5 strike in the eastern city of Shanghai which killed three persons and an attack on police in Wenzhou, also in the east, on July 17 and had threatened of more attacks.

China has been bracing for terrorist attacks from Islamic militants, especially ETIM, in the run-up to Olympics, deploying over one lakh security guards, besides over one million volunteers and installing 300,000 cameras to ward off any security threat.

The attack has put security forces nationwide on alert. The attack was one of the deadliest and most brazen in recent years in Xinjiang province, where local Muslims have waged a sporadically violent rebellion against Chinese rule. Kashgar, or Kashi in Chinese, is a tourist city that was once an oasis trading center on the Silk Road caravan routes and lies 80 miles (130 km) from the border with Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Last week, a senior military commander said radical Muslims who are fighting for what they call an independent East Turkistan in Xinjiang posed the single greatest threat to the games.

Uighurs have complained that the suppression has aggravated tensions in Xinjiang, making Uighurs feel even more threatened by an influx of Chinese and driving some to flee to Pakistan and other areas where they then have readier access to extremist ideologies. One militant group, the Turkistan Islamic Party, pledged in a video that surfaced on the Internet last month to “target the most critical points related to the Olympics.” The group is believed to be based across the border in Pakistan, with some of its core members having received training from Al Qaida and the Pakistani Taliban, according to terrorism experts. Terrorism analysts and Chinese authorities, however, have said that with more than 100,000 soldiers and police guarding Beijing and other Olympic co-host cities, terrorists were more likely to attack less-protected areas.

One Response to “Islamic militants kill 16 border guards in China”

  1. C S Sundaresha said

    Do we have to cry or laugh!! It will be very interesting to see the reaction of communists to this Jehadi attack on China!! Entire communist world supports the Islamic terrorism. China helped and supported the Pakistan in its Jehadi activity!! Now Jehadi Hyenas attacking the Communist China!! Is ther any lesson for communists in this!!!

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