• 1.8 TON OF BOMB MATERIAL SEIZED IN XINJIANG

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    BEIJING: Police in China’s restive Xinjiang seized 1.8 ton of bombmaking material and detained five people, authorities said on Tuesday, following a string of deadly attacks blamed on militants from the Muslim Uighur homeland. China vowed a year-long crackdown on terrorism over the weekend with violence blamed on separatists from Xinjiang increasingly targeting civilians and spreading far outside the western region in recent months. Last week, five suspects killed 39 people and wounded more than 90 in a car and bomb attack at a market in the regional capital Urumqi, in an attack condemned as terrorism by both Beijing and Washington. Officers in and around Hotan in southern Xinjiang “destroyed two explosive-making dens and seized 1.8 ton of raw material that the gang planned to use to make explosive devices, along with a large amount of partly finished explosive devices,” reported the regional government’s Tianshan website.

    AFP

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