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Official: 'East Turkistan' main terror threat
By Sun Shangwu (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-09-06 06:17

Public security officers yesterday described "East Turkistan" forces as the main terrorist threat to China, and vowed to increase quick-response abilities to combat such forces.

Terrorist violence in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in Northwest China was rampant in the 1990s, according to Zhao Yongchen, deputy director of the Anti-terrorism Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security.

In the past 10 years, terrorists, separatists and extremists in Xinjiang, known as the three forces of the "East Turkistan" movement, perpetrated more than 260 terrorist activities, causing 160 deaths and 440 injuries, said Zhao.

He said that the fighting against the three forces, responsible for crimes such as bombings, assassinations, arson, poisoning and looting, is an integral part of the world anti-terrorism campaign.

Zhao made the remarks at a panel discussion on international terrorism during the week-long 22nd Congress on the Law of the World, which opened yesterday in Beijing.

About 1,500 delegates from over 60 countries are attending the congress, which will hold 22 panel discussions in both Beijing and Shanghai, the other venue of the congress.

Feng Xiguang, spokesman of Xinjiang's Public Security Bureau, said that although police in the region have cracked down on the vital forces of "East Turkistan" terrorists, the roots of its survival still exist.

"A handful of heinous terrorists are still at large. They are trying hard to organize and expand forces for a new rounds of attacks," said Feng at the panel meeting.
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