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Xinjiang's stability important for nation (2)

By Cui Jia (China Daily)

08:29, March 07, 2012

"The overall social situation in southern Xinjiang remains stable and under control."

He said the turmoil in North Africa, the Middle East and other parts of the world had created a negative impact on the region as it stimulated the three forces and made them more active.

On July 18, a police station was attacked and set on fire in Hotan by a group of rioters. Eight people were taken hostage, two of whom were later killed. Police shot dead 14 rioters.

Police also had to open fire on a group of violent terrorists who kidnapped two people on Dec 28 in the remote mountainous area of Pishan county, Hotan. The group originally planned to receive training from terrorist groups abroad but later got lost in the mountains.

Seven kidnappers were shot dead, and four others were wounded and arrested. One police officer was killed and another wounded. The two hostages were freed.

Combating the three forces has been and will always be one of the authorities' top priorities and challenges in Xinjiang. Overseas separatists, extremists and terrorists have taken advantage of modern communication technologies such as the Internet to instigate unrest in Xinjiang, so authorities have to keep adopting new measures to prevent them from carrying out violent crimes in the region, he added.

Xinjiang will spare no effort to prevent and crack down on sabotage activities to ensure social stability, Nur Bekri, chairman of the region, said on Monday, Xinhua News Agency reported.

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