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China Thwarts Terror Attack On Olympics

From those defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

Chinese police search pedestrians in front of a Beijing Olympics 2008 sign in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

China Says Terrorists Targeted Olympics

March 9, 2008

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police killed alleged terrorists plotting to attack the Beijing Olympics, while a flight crew managed to prevent an apparent attempt to crash a Chinese jetliner in a separate case just last week, officials said Sunday.

Wang Lequan, the top Communist Party official in the western region of Xinjiang, said materials seized in a January raid in the regional capital, Urumqi, had described a plot with a purpose ”specifically to sabotage the staging of the Beijing Olympics.”

”Their goal was very clear,” Wang told reporters in Beijing… 

Speaking at the same meeting, Xinjiang’s governor said a flight crew prevented an apparent attempt to crash a China Southern flight from Urumqi on Friday. Nur Bekri did not specifically label the incident a terrorist act, saying it remained under investigation. No passengers were injured and police were investigating, he said…

Police found guns, homemade bombs, training materials and ”extremist religious ideological materials” during the Jan. 27 raid in Urumqi, in which two members of the gang were killed and 15 arrested, according to earlier reports.

Chinese forces have for years been battling a low-intensity separatist movement among Xinjiang’s Uighurs, a Turkic Muslim people culturally and ethnically distinct from China’s Han majority. Iron-fisted Chinese rule has largely suppressed the violence, however, and no major bombing or shooting incidents have been reported in almost a decade.

Wang said the group had been trained by and was following the orders of a Uighur separatist group based in Pakistan and Afghanistan called the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, or ETIM. The group has been labeled a terrorist organization by both the United Nations and the United States…

Few details were available about the alleged attempt to crash the China Southern Airlines flight that left Urumqi at 10:35 a.m. on Friday.

Bekri, the governor of the Xinjiang region, indicated that more than one person was involved, but did not specify who was suspected to be behind the attempt, saying it remains under investigation.

”From what we presently know, this was an attempt to crash the plane,” Bekri said…

An “Islamic movement” was behind this?

The hell you say.

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