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China Arrests 7 in Train Station Knife Attack

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Attacks in China
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Chinese authorities have arrested seven people suspected of involvement in a train station knife attack and bombing late last month in the restive region of Xinjiang.

The official Global Times newspaper said Saturday that the seven were captured on May 14 in Xinjiang and are being questioned.

One person was killed and 79 were wounded on April 30 when attackers set off explosives and slashed passengers at the South Station in the regional capital, Urumqi.  Two of the assailants were killed during the attack.

The attack took place on the same day that Chinese President  Xi Jinping visited Xinjiang where he promised to go on the offensive against what the government considers separatists.

The government blames extremists from the predominantly Muslim Uighur ethnic group for a series of increasingly complex attacks in recent months.

Government critics say the violence is driven by the government's restrictions on Muslim religious life and its policies that favor members of the Han ethnic group.

The government has blamed much of the violence on the East Turkestan Islamic Movement or ETIM, which Beijing says is funded by foreign extremists.

There is disagreement about the extent to which ETIM is involved, however, with many foreign analysts saying that China is exaggerating the threat.

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by: Anonymous
May 18, 2014 3:22 AM
Obviously this is not the trueth because the government respects their regilious freedom. The trueth is several bad guys use the regilious belief as a tool to separate Xinjing from China and they even get innocent people involved in these affairs. The policies never favours Han group but the Uighurs. Because the Uighurs enjoy several privileges that Han people never have.

May 17, 2014 5:24 PM
Some poor Uighurs got arrested and beaten into confession for some crime they never committed.Why does China consider the Uighurs' struggle against foreign Chinese occupiers a crime when they the Chinese did the same while China was under Manchu and Japanese occupation? What's the difference? Both have one common goal: Struggle to drive out foreign invaders !
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by: chinese
May 18, 2014 7:04 AM
every Han people in china want to be minorities, like Muslim Uighur, they can have two babies and get more advantage to enter colleage which Han people can't.
I'm a Han people, I hope chinese goverment treat me like Muslim Uighur.if you are in china, you can't miss this understanding.
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by: eee
May 18, 2014 6:23 AM
all land donot belong to anyone!
power is only rsource!
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by: wayne from: sydney
May 18, 2014 2:29 AM
The chinese police had released the suspects' photos and social security numbers months ago. They knew who they were after for months.
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by: Anonymous
May 18, 2014 12:54 AM
why are there so many idots making such stupids comments?

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