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China's crackdown in restive Xinjiang nets 400 suspects

Published on Jul 7, 2014 9:10 PM
 
This picture taken on June 6, 2014 shows security forces participating in a military drill in Hetian, northwest China's Xinjiang region. China has taken down more than 40 groups it calls "violent terror gangs" and arrested more than 400 people in its restive western region of Xinjiang since authorities began a crackdown in May, state media said on Monday, July 7, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP  

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China has taken down more than 40 groups it calls "violent terror gangs" and arrested more than 400 people in its restive western region of Xinjiang since authorities began a crackdown in May, state media said on Monday.

The figures are the latest tally of China's efforts to rein in groups it says are responsible for a series of bloody attacks that Beijing blames on Islamists and separatists from the region, home to a large Muslim Uighur minority. "Among those cases, public security bureaus received clues from the public in 10 cases, leading to arrests of more than 100 people, the confiscation of a batch of explosive devices, raw materials and tools," the Legal Daily, run by the ruling Communist Party, said.

Numerous pieces of religious extremist multimedia propaganda were also confiscated, the newspaper said.

On May 23, authorities launched a one-year campaign targeting what they called "violent terrorist activities", which followed a suicide bombing that month that killed 39 people at a market in Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi.

 
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