Chinese Authorities Gun Down up to 12 Uighurs

Beijing says Uighurs were engaged in making explosives in remote northwest region frequently marred by violence

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Uighurs pray at a mosque in the Xinjiang town of Aksu, China, on Aug. 3, 2012

Chinese security forces have shot dead up to 12 Uighurs in a raid on what they describe as a munitions center in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, in the country’s northwest. The raid was carried out on Aug. 23, only three days after authorities staged what it called an “antiterrorism” operation in the area, but news of the action has been kept under wraps until now.

Local residents witnessed 80 security personnel in the vicinity of Kuybagh township attacking a facility where a group of Uighurs were reportedly training with explosives. One man who spoke on condition of anonymity told Radio Free Asia that “they had made a huge weapon. One of them blew their own head off, or they wouldn’t have been discovered.”

Beijing frequently imposes information blackouts on what it calls “terrorist acts” conducted by members of Xinjiang’s Muslim Uighur population. Human-rights groups, on the other hand, claim that the Chinese authorities exaggerate the terrorist threat in order to justify their own use of force, and point out that the Chinese government has carried out systematic discrimination against the Uighur population.

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3 comments
create693605
create693605

not truth.if make it clear ,please understand chinese's whole society.

duduong
duduong

These Uighurs blew themselves up while making bombs before the Chinese authorities reacted, and the title here is "Chinese Authorities Gun Down up to 12 Uighurs"? Do you have no sense of decency left? What title does Time.com use on the fact that the US drones kill over a thousand people in Pakistan a year as soon as they gather in a crowd? If I remember correctly, it was something like "terrorists killed". Do you guys even know what "fair and balanced" means?

ysprefer
ysprefer

I 100% support Chinese government to suppress any kind of terrorist in our country. I do not worry the raid of the Government, I am concerned that some times there may not be enough.