Xinjiang starts crackdown

May 24, 2014 - 12:13:10 am

BEIJING: China’s Xinjiang region has started a “one-year crackdown” on “violent terrorist activities”, the official Xinhua news agency reported  yesterday, providing no details.

The troubled region in the west, home to a large Muslim Uihgur minority, was the scene of China’s biggest attack in years on Thursday, when explosives hurled from two vehicles in an open market killed 31 people.

China called the attack in the regional capital of Urumqi a “serious violent terrorist incident” and domestic security chief Meng Jianzhu vowed to strengthen a crackdown on the “arrogance of terrorists”. Ninety-four people were wounded in the attacks.

Five suicide bombers carried out the attack,” the Global Times said, adding authorities “are investigating whether there were other accomplices”.