An explosion and knife attack in China’s Xinjiang province was carried out by Islamic militants. The President has vowed to uproot these restive elements from the country.
The death toll was three and 79 were injured. The terrorist attack occurred in the discontented Uighur-populated province of China. This attempt at challenging the might of the Chinese republic has led to an oath by President Xi Jinping to get to the bottom of who exactly was responsible for this troublemaking.
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Three people confirmed dead and 79 others injured in terrorist attack at a railway station in Urumqi, Xinjiang— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) April 30, 2014
"The battle to combat violence and terrorism will not allow even a moment of slackness, and decisive actions must be taken to resolutely suppress the terrorists' rampant momentum," Xi said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping vows to deploy "strike-first" strategy against terrorism during inspection tour in Xinjiang this week— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) April 30, 2014
He was in fact on a four day tour of the region, and had just completed the last leg of his journey, when the incident occurred out of the blue. The event transpired in Urumqi, the center point of the northwestern region.
A train station was targeted and innocent people were savaged by a mob wielding knives. A bomb blast also shook the station. The government is about to take some serious steps against this act of sabotage.
Xi Jinping has gone ahead to say that not a single second of carelessness will occur in the fight against these radical and evil groups that terrorized the people of China. They will be dealt with promptly and given the most exemplary punishment.
After the event was over, the law enforcement authorities helped the people away from the site of the attack and created a quarantine of sorts around the locus.
The coming and going of the trains were temporarily suspended. About 120 minutes later the station’s functionality was restored. There have been such incidents before.
The Muslim Uighur province was known for its practitioners of a relaxed and tolerant Islam. But the recent spate of government repression coupled with certain influences from Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan have led to a hard line version of Islamic militancy.
Then there is the issue of the Han Chinese who engaged in racist clashes with the Uighur. This has spread further misery and malaise in the already troubled region.