4 militants killed in crackdown on Uighurs

Police in the southwestern Chinese border province of Yunnan have shot dead four militants


Reuters July 17, 2015
File photo of Chinese police conducting an anti-terrorism drill in Hami, Xinjiang region, where rights groups and analysts accuse Beijing of cultural and religious repression against the mostly Muslim Uighur minority. PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING: Police in the southwestern Chinese border province of Yunnan have shot dead four militants and found 553 people attempting to flee the country since 2014, state media said on Friday, giving details of efforts to stop Uighurs from leaving China.

In a detailed report of foiled attempts to leave the country, Yunnan police said that they had mounted a ‘swift and fierce attack’ and "shot dead four violent terrorists," China News Service said.

In one incident in March, Chinese police on the Vietnamese border shot dead a suspect "madly holding a knife to attack police," the report said. A second suspect from the same group was killed the next month.

The account did not mention the ethnicity of the suspects, but the language used is typical of how China talks about what it says are Uighur extremists.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2015. 

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