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China shows graphic footage of Xinjiang militant attacks

Published on Jun 24, 2014 5:40 PM
 
Men who are about to be executed are escorted by riot policemen outside in this still image taken from video in an unknown location in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, on June 16, 2014. Chinese state television on Tuesday showed dramatic footage of what the government calls terror attacks by Islamist militants from the far western region of Xinjiang, as it steps up its propaganda campaign to counter an upsurge in violence. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Chinese state television on Tuesday showed dramatic footage of what the government calls terror attacks by Islamist militants from the far western region of Xinjiang, as it steps up its propaganda campaign to counter an upsurge in violence.

The images, shown on CCTV's English-language channel as part of a programme on the threat China says it faces in Xinjiang, include surveillance camera footage of an attack at the north end of Beijing's Tiananmen Square last October.

Five people were killed and 40 hurt when a car ploughed into a crowd and burst into flames. The dead included three people in the car identified by authorities as Islamists from Xinjiang.

In the colour footage, not shown before in such detail, the car speeds through the crowd, smashing into pedestrians, as a black flag with what looks like Arabic lettering flies out the left-hand side. The back of the vehicle is then shown on fire. "The tourists didn't stand a chance," the narrator says.

 
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