Exile urges China terror raid probe

Uighur activist says Beijing has no evidence to support terror camp claims.

    Rebiya Kadeer was jailed in China for five years for "endangering national security" [Reuters]

    At around that time, ETIM’s purported leader was killed in a clash with Pakistani security forces.
     
    Kadeer was herself jailed by Chinese authorities for eight years in 2000 for sending press clippings overseas – a crime which was said to "endanger national security".
     
    She was freed after serving five years of her term amid international pressure from human rights groups.
     
    China has said it is still hunting further suspected terrorists still at large following the raid on the alleged terrorist camp on January 5.
     
    The raid took place in the mountainous Pamirs plateau region, part of the Muslim-majority region of Xinjiang which borders Central Asia.
     

    China says its forces are continuing to hunt
    further suspected terrorists [Reuters]

    Officials said they found a cache of hand grenades, guns and handmade explosives at the site.
     
    Commenting on the raid, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said on Tuesday that Beijing had "evidence that East Turkestan groups are connecting with international terrorist forces and plan to conduct terrorist activities".
     
    Oil-rich Xinjiang is home to some 8 million Uighurs, a Turkic, largely Islamic people, many of whom resent the growing Han Chinese presence in the region and government controls on their religion and culture.
     
    China has accused several Uighur groups of using violence to push for an independent state.
     
    However, human rights groups say Beijing has used that and its support for the US-led "war on terror" to justify a crackdown on Uighurs characterised by arbitrary arrests and closed-door trials.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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