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China vows year-long terrorism crackdown after attack

Published on May 25, 2014 9:45 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - China on Sunday vowed a year-long campaign against terrorism, days after attackers in the western region of Xinjiang killed 39 people in a suicide raid.

"With Xinjiang as the centre, and with cooperation from other provinces, we will start a year-long specialised hard-strike campaign against violent terrorism," the ministry of public security said on its website.

The statement reflects the government's concerns about terror after a series of deadly attacks in recent months targeting civilians and linked to Xinjiang, home of the mostly Muslim Uighur minority.

It indicates a nationwide expansion of a year-long crackdown in Xinjiang, which authorities announced Saturday.

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