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Militant Islamist group backs China station attack: Site

Published on Mar 18, 2014 10:06 PM
 
Chinese paramilitary police patrol outside the scene of the attack at the main train station in Kunming, Yunnan Province, on March 3, 2014. The Turkestan Islamic Party, a militant Islamist group, has voiced support for a mass stabbing at a Chinese railway station that killed 29 people, the US-based Site Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist organisations, said on Tuesday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - A militant Islamist group has voiced support for a mass stabbing at a Chinese railway station that killed 29 people, the US-based Site Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist organisations, said on Tuesday.

The Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) released a video online about the March 1 attack at Kunming railway station in the southwestern province of Yunnan.

It described the assault as an "expensive offer" to Beijing to reconsider its "cruel" policies in Xinjiang, the far western Chinese region home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority, Site said.

In one segment, an official read a message that the attackers allegedly addressed to Chinese President Xi Jinping, Site said, but it was not clear whether the video included an explicit claim of responsibility.

 
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