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China executes 8 for Xinjiang 'terrorist attacks'

Published on Aug 24, 2014 6:50 AM
People walk along the sidewalk of Chang'an Avenue as smoke rises in front of the main entrance of the Forbidden City at Tiananmen Square in Beijing in this October 28, 2013 file photo. China has executed eight people for "terrorist" attacks in its restive far western region of Xinjiang, including three who "masterminded" a dramatic car crash in the capital's Tiananmen Square in 2013, state media said. -- PHOTO:  REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - China has executed eight people for “terrorist attacks,” including three it described as “masterminding” a suicide car crash in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 2013, state media announced.  

The official Xinhua news agency said early Sunday that the eight were involved in several cases connected to the north-western region of Xinjiang, where Beijing says separatist militants are behind a string of attacks that have rocked China in recent months.

Three of the condemned, named by Xinhua as Huseyin Guxur, Yusup Wherniyas and Yusup Ehmet, were “deprived of political rights to life” for their role in the brazen assault in Tiananmen Square in October.  

Two tourists were killed in the attack, in which a car rammed into bystanders on the iconic square in the heart of Beijing before bursting into flames.  Three attackers also died in the incident Beijing blamed on Xinjiang separatists.

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