Authorities have said that terrorists are behind the explosions that took place in Xinjiang on Friday, and the death toll from the attack has now risen to 12.
On Friday we reported that three people were killed and two more injured during a triple explosion that occurred in Xinhe, part of the Aksu prefecture of Xinjiang.
The region’s publicity department announced that two of the explosions occurred around 6:40 p.m. at a hair salon and a vegetable market, where one person was killed and two people were injured. Police arrested three suspects.
Shortly after, two people were killed when a car exploded while surrounded by police.
According to the latest reports released on Saturday, attackers at the scene threw explosives at police.
China Daily now reports that six of the attackers were shot dead and six others committed suicide by detonating explosives. The police arrested five people and seized explosive devices.
“Social order has been restored in the county. Policeare still investigating the case to make sure all(remaining) members of the terrorist cell are in their custody,” Luo Fuyong, a spokesman of the autonomous region, was quoted as saying.
Also on Saturday, police in Xinjiang’s capital Urumqi said they have conclusive evidence proving Ilham Tohti, a Uygur economist at Beijing’s Minzu University, has been involved in secession activities.
Police said Ilham’s case is being processed but did not say when and where he was detained.
Ilham uses “UighurOnline”, a website he set up, to spread rumors and separatist thought as well as misrepresent events to instigate ethnic hatred and call for “Xinjiang independence”,the Urumqi Public Security Bureau said in a statement released on Saturday evening.
He also tells students that “Uygurs need to use violence to protest”. He called those who have carried out terrorist attacks”heroes” and instigates students to hate and even “overthrow”the government.
Police told reporters that Ilham uses his authoritative status to influence others and has helped organize sending people abroad to carry out separatist activities.
“Ilham is suspected of breaking the law. Currently, China’s relevant departments are handling the case according to law,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei said in reports.
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