China jails nine more in Xinjiang for terror offences
Published on Jun 26, 2014 11:37 AM
BEIJING (Reuters) - Authorities in China's violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang have jailed nine more people for up to 14 years for terror-related offences at a public sentencing in front of more than 3,000 people, state media said on Thursday.
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 attacks on Islamist separatists in the region, who, it says, want to establish an independent state there called East Turkestan.
The government of Qapqal, close to the border with Kazakhstan, also announced arrest warrants for a further 25 people and the detention of 14 others, the ruling Communist Party's official People's Daily said on its website.
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