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China executes 13 for terrorist crimes in Xinjiang

URUMQI, June 17 (Bernama) -- Thirteen people were executed Monday for terrorist attacks and related crimes in northwestern China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Xinhua news agency reported.

The group was convicted of organising and taking part in terrorist groups, murder, arson, theft and illegal manufacture and transport of explosives, said local courts in Aksu, Turpan and Hotan prefectures.

Attacks by the group led to the death of police officers, government officials and civilians, and damage to property.

In one case, three defendants were convicted of organising attacks on a police station and other venues that left 24 police officers and civilians dead and 23 others injured at Lukqun township in Turpan prefecture on June 26 last year.

In another case, one defendant participated in illegal religious activities and led physical training for terrorists. From May to June 2012, he and other members of the group killed two members,
planned the assassination of government officials and provided bombs that killed one child and injured 17 others at an illegal preaching venue.

Also on Monday, three other people were sentenced to death by the Urumqi Intermediate People's Court over a terror attack near Beijing's Tian'anmen Square in October 2013.

A year-long crackdown on terrorism was launched in the country following a an attack in an open market in Urumqi on May 22.

The deadliest attack in the region in recent years left 39 people dead and 94 others injured.


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