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China calls for Xinjiang "terror suspects" to surrender

Published on May 25, 2014 4:38 PM
 
Residents light candles and lay flowers as they mourn the victims who were killed during a bomb attack in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region on May 23, 2014. China has called for "terror suspects" to surrender to authorities in the far western Xinjiang region, promising lenient punishments for those who do, state media said, in the wake of the region's deadliest attack in years. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China has called for "terror suspects" to surrender to authorities in the far western Xinjiang region, promising lenient punishments for those who do, state media said, in the wake of the region's deadliest attack in years.

"Those who are involved in (activities relating to terrorism) will be given mitigated punishments if they turn themselves in within 30 days," the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Saturday, citing local authorities.

Five suicide bombers carried out Thursday morning's attack in Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang, which killed 31 people at a vegetable market, according to state media.

The attackers ploughed two vehicles into an open market and hurled explosives. Many of the 94 wounded were elderly shoppers, according to witnesses. "Those who turn themselves in and make meritorious performances will be given minor punishment or exempted from punishment," local authorities said, according to Xinhua.

 
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