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Chinese Official Says Police Thwarted Attack on Olympics


A top Chinese official says suspected militants captured and killed by police in January were planning a terrorist attack on this year's Beijing Olympics.

Wang Lequan, the top Communist Party official in the western region of Xinjiang, told reporters Sunday that materials seized in the January 27 raid in the regional capital of Urumqi showed the gang had plotted to sabotage the Olympics.

Wang was speaking on the sidelines of China's national parliamentary session in Beijing. He provided few details of the alleged plot, but said the goal of the gang was very clear.

China has been fighting a low-level insurgency against Muslim separatists from the Xinjiang region's Uighur population.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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