China: Nearly 13,000 ‘terrorists’ detained in restive west since 2014
Tehran (KNA) - China says it has arrested tens of thousands of “terrorists” since four years ago in its volatile western Xinjiang region, which is home to millions of Muslim minorities, including Uighurs.
The Beijing government issued a white paper on Monday on what it calls “the fight against terrorism” and “human rights protection” in Xinjiang, where Beijing stands accused of being engaged in a crackdown campaign against the Muslim communities.
Since 2014, authorities have “destroyed 1,588 violent and terrorist gangs, arrested 12,995 terrorists, seized 2,052 explosive devices, punished 30,645 people for 4,858 illegal religious activities, and confiscated 345,229 copies of illegal religious materials” in the region, the paper said.
It said Xinjiang has been the scene of frequent incidents of terror attacks under the influence of separatists, extremists and terrorists, which have been harmful to the life and property of people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang and have trampled on people’s dignity.