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China executes 13 for terror, violent crimes in Xinjiang

Published on Jun 16, 2014 9:53 PM
Paramilitary policemen patrol past a building with broken windows after an explosion in Urumqi, in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region,on May 22, 2014. Chinese authorities on Monday, June 16, 2014 executed 13 people for "terrorist attacks and violent crimes" in the north-western region of Xinjiang, state media said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese authorities executed 13 people on Monday for "terrorist attacks and violent crimes" in the violence-wracked northwestern region of Xinjiang, state media said.

The announcement by Xinhua news agency said the 13 were involved in seven different cases connected to Xinjiang, home to militants from the mainly Muslim Uighur ethnic group blamed by Beijing for a string of attacks that have rocked China in recent months.

"In one case, three defendants were convicted of organizing and leading terrorists to attack police station, hotel, government office building and other venues, killing 24 police officers and civilians and injuring 23 others at Lukqun Township in Shanshan County of Turpan Prefecture on June 26 last year," Xinhua said.

The announcement came hours after state media announced that three people had been sentenced to death over a suicide car crash in Beijing's symbolic heart Tiananmen Square, in the government's latest move against Xinjiang militants.

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