China executes 8 for Xinjiang 'terrorist attacks'
Published on Aug 24, 2014 6:50 AM
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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