China to mobilise 'all forces' after attack A day after deadly Xinjiang market assault, top regional official pledges to "crush swollen arrogance of terrorists"

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    China to mobilise 'all forces' after attack A day after deadly Xinjiang market assault, top regional official pledges to "crush swollen arrogance of terrorists"

    China's highest-level government official in Xinjiang has called for all forces to be mobilised to find the perpetrators of Thursday's deadly attack in the regional capital Urumqui, pledging to "crush the swollen arrogance of terrorist

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China's highest-level government official in Xinjiang has called for all forces to be mobilised to find the perpetrators of Thursday's deadly attack in the regional capital Urumqui, pledging to "crush the swollen arrogance of terrorists".China's highest-level government official in Xinjiang has called for all forces to be mobilised to find the perpetrators of Thursday's deadly attack in the regional capital Urumqui, pledging to "crush the swollen arrogance of terrorists".


China to mobilise 'all forces' after attack

A day after deadly Xinjiang market assault, top regional official pledges to "crush swollen arrogance of terrorists"

China's highest-level government official in Xinjiang has called for all forces to be mobilised to find the perpetrators of Thursday's deadly attack in the regional capital Urumqui, pledging to "crush the swollen arrogance of terrorists".

Zhang Chunxian's remarks were reported by the Xinjianggovernment on its official news website on Friday, a day after five suspects "blew themselvesup" in the attack on an open market, killing 31 people, according to state media.

President Xi pledged on Thursday that those responsible for Thursday's attack would be caught and punished.

TheGlobal Timesnewspapersaidpolice were investigating whether more accomplices were at large after assailants in two vehicles targeted shoppers and traders and threw explosives at a street market in Urumqi.

The attack was described by authorities as the latest "severeterrorist incident" to hit far-western Xinjiang, home to China's mainly Muslim Uighur minority.

Policies blamed

China has seen a series of incidents in recent months targeting civilians, sometimes far from Xinjiang itself, which authorities have blamed on separatists from the region.

Critics of China's policies in Xinjiang say that tensions in the regionare driven by cultural oppression, intrusive security measures and immigration by majority Han Chinese which have led to decades of discrimination and economic inequality.

said the city appeared calm after the attack but there wereprominent police patrols at all key intersections.

"What really worries people here is they feel that the market was a really soft target, they were just ordinary Han Chinese going about their business when two vehicles ploughed into a crowd," he said.

"China is not used to seeing this type of violence. It is a sinister new pattern that is beginning to emerge."

Some of the shoppers returning to the area on Friday said doing so was an act of defiance.

TheChina Dailyreported on Friday that authorities were boosting security in the capital "after a series of terrorist attacks across the country".

It saida new patrol plan, covering the skies, subways and streets, was to be implemented in 14 areas, including popular shopping districts and the Beijing Railway Station.

"Once an emergency happens, nearby armed police will take one minute to rush to these areas," the paper quoted Zhang Bing, deputy director of Beijing Public Security Bureau, as saying.

 



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