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Xinjiang officials stress anti-terrorism, development


09:18, March 08, 2012

BEIJING, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Xinjiang officials participating in China's annual parliamentary session have stressed their determination to fight terrorism and boost economic development.

Nur Bekri, Chairman of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, told Wednesday's session of the National People's Congress (NPC) that violent activities by individual terrorists will not affect the all-weather friendship between China and Pakistan, as the situation in the region remains stable and controllable.

Bekri said Xinjiang and neighboring countries have shared interests and objectives in fighting terrorism.

"Anti-terrorism is a global task, as terrorism is threatening the lives of all people in the world," said Bekri, also a deputy to the NPC, China's top legislature.

He said that in addition to domestic prevention and crackdowns, international cooperation is needed in the fight against terrorism.

Xinjiang, which borders Pakistan and Afghanistan, is home to China's Muslim Uygur ethnic people.

A group of religious extremists led by militants trained in terrorist camps in Pakistan set fire to a restaurant and randomly killed civilians in Xinjiang's Kashgar prefecture in July last year, leaving six civilians dead and 15 others injured.

An investigation found that the group's leaders had learned how to make explosives and firearms in camps of the terrorist group "East Turkistan Islamic Movement" in Pakistan before entering Xinjiang to organize terrorist activities.

In the most recent development, rioters killed at least 10 people and injured a number of others in Yecheng county of Kashgar on Feb. 28.

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