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China blames Xinjiang railway station attack on foreign Islamic group

Published on May 18, 2014 4:14 PM
 
Armed policemen patrol near the exit of the South Railway Station, where three people were killed and 79 wounded in Wednesday's bomb and knife attack, in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous region, May 2, 2014. Chinese authorities blamed an April railway attack in Xinjiang on an overseas Islamic extremist group, the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, state media said Sunday, reinforcing Beijing's claims that foreign militants are provoking domestic unrest. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese authorities blamed an April railway attack in Xinjiang on an overseas Islamic extremist group, state media said Sunday, reinforcing Beijing's claims that foreign militants are provoking domestic unrest.

The far-west Xinjiang region, home to the mainly Muslim Uighur minority, has seen periodic violence.

Beijing says it faces an increase in terrorism from a violent separatist movement there, driven by religious extremism and foreign groups.

But critics accuse it of exaggerating that threat to justify hard-line measures, and instead point to cultural and religious repression and resentment that economic development has mostly benefited an influx of ethnic Han.

 
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