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No mercy for terrorist acts in Xinjiang

By Cui Jia (China Daily)

08:25, March 08, 2012

Zhang Chunxian, Party secretary of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, is surrounded by reporters after a meeting of deputies from Xinjiang to the National People's Congress in Beijing on Wednesday. (Feng Yongbin / China Daily)

Violent terrorist acts carried out in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region will be shown no mercy and the government will not allow terrorists to wave knives against women, children and innocent people, the Party chief of the region said Wednesday.

Many incidents of terrorism-related violence that happened in the region in the last year actually had an international origin, Zhang Chunxian, a deputy to the National People's Congress and the Party secretary of Xinjiang, said on the sidelines of the annual NPC session.

"The infiltration of three overseas forces of separatists, extremists and terrorists, the social situation in nearby countries and international anti-terrorism activities may have directly or indirectly prompted such incidents," Zhang said.

Three violent attacks were carried out in southern Xinjiang's Kashgar and Hotan last year and another happened last month.

On Feb 28, nine terrorists armed with knives suddenly attacked a crowd on a pedestrian street on Xingfu road, in Kashgar prefecture's Yecheng county, and killed 13 people. Seven terrorists were shot dead at the scene and two were arrested. The incident was a terrorist attack targeting civilians, the regional information office said.

The Yecheng incident has been properly dealt with and social order has been restored, Zhang said.

Zhang said violent terrorists don't have the mindset of normal people and the government will not tolerate terrorists as their violent activities target civilians.

"Their acts are against the human race. They wave knives at old people, women and children with extremely brutal means. It's not a religious problem, nor is it an ethnic problem."

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