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China sentences 32 in Xinjiang for 'terror' videos

Published on Jul 11, 2014 12:02 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China sentenced 32 people in its western Xinjiang region to prison terms for downloading or sending "violent terror" videos, state media said, as authorities crackdown on people they say are Islamists and separatists behind recent attacks.

Three people were given life sentences on Thursday and 29 people were sentenced to between four and 15 years in prison, said the region's official government news website Tianshan.

"The cases generally involved using mobile phones and the Internet to store, download, and transmit religious extremist violent terror video and audio files to organise, lead or participate in terrorist organisations," Tianshan said.

China has taken down more than 40 groups it calls "violent terror gangs" and arrested more than 400 people in Xinjiang since authorities began a one-year crackdown on May 23, state media said on Monday.

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