China blames Xinjiang railway station attack on foreign Islamic group
Published on May 18, 2014 4:14 PM
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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