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China tells banks to report deals suspected to have terror links

Published on Jan 17, 2014 1:17 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's central bank told financial institutions on Friday that they had an obligation to report transactions and accounts suspected of links to terror activities, as Beijing steps up a campaign to clamp down on suspected militants in the far west.

China says it faces a threat from extremist Islamist groups in the restive Xinjiang region who have links abroad, though rights groups say the country overplays the risk to justify its harsh control of the strategically vital area.

At least 91 people, several police officers among them, have been killed in violence in Xinjiang since last April, state media have reported.

China has stepped up security in Xinjiang after a car ploughed into tourists on the edge of Beijing's Tiananmen Square in October, killing three people occupants and two bystanders.

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