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China detains 380 people in month-long Xinjiang terror sweep

Published on Jun 23, 2014 2:09 PM
Security forces participating in a military drill in Hetian, northwest China's Xinjiang region on June 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Authorities in China's far-flung western region of Xinjiang have detained 380 people and busted 32 terror cells in a month-long crackdown on violence, state media said on Monday, following an upsurge in attacks blamed on Islamist militants.

China has been toughening its response after a spate of bloody incidents nationwide centred on Xinjiang, the traditional home of the Muslim Uighurs.

China has blamed previous attacks on Islamist separatists in the region, who, it says, want to establish an independent state there called East Turkestan.

The official Legal Daily said 315 people had been tried for terror-related offences, at least 13 of whom have been executed, an announcement made last week. Six police officers had died on the job as well, the report added.

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