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Islamic association condemns terrorist attacks in Xinjiang


17:57, July 03, 2013

BEIJING, July 3 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic Association of China on Wednesday strongly condemned the recent violent terrorist attacks in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

The terrorists' "brutal and inhumane" act of killing government employees and innocent people, including Muslims, came in an attempt to undermine stability, solidarity among different ethnic groups and religious harmony, said a statement, quoting an unnamed spokesman for the association.

The spokesman blamed "three evil forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism at home and abroad as the "arch-criminal" of the attacks.

"They hold a religious banner, distort creed, propagandize religious extremist ideas, confuse believers' minds, and incite them to carry out a so-called 'holy war,' with the only goal to create troubles in Xinjiang and split China," the spokesman is quoted as saying.

"Their acts are a sheer violation of the essence of Islam, and are firmly opposed by Muslims of different ethnic groups," the spokesman said, stressing that Islam is a peaceful religion that opposes violence and terrorism.

"Our fight against the 'three evil forces' is neither an ethnic or religious issue, but a major political war for safeguarding national integrity and ethnic solidarity," the spokesman said.

The spokesman said any tolerance to violent criminal acts is a serious abuse of the common interests of all ethnic groups, including Muslims and non-Muslims.

"Fighting violent, terrorist crimes is the common will of all ethnic groups, and we stand firmly with the government effort to fight such crimes in accordance with the law," the spokesman said.

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