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Thursday, June 26, 2014, 12:38
Nine more jailed in Xinjiang for terror offences
By Agencies

 Nine more jailed in Xinjiang for terror offences
This picture taken on June 6, 2014 shows security forces participating in a military drill in Hetian, northwest China's Xinjiang. (Photo / AFP)

BEIJING - Authorities in China's violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang have jailed nine more people for up to 14 years for terror-related offences at a public sentencing in front of more than 3,000 people, state media said on Thursday.

China has been toughening its response after a spate of bloody incidents nationwide centred on Xinjiang.

The government of Qapqal, close to the border with Kazakhstan, also announced arrest warrants for a further 25 people and the detention of 14 others, the official People's Daily said on its website.

The crimes they have been found guilty of or are suspected of include calling for holy war, attending overseas terror training camps, separatism and fanning ethnic hatred, the newspaper said, citing the Qapqal government.

Around 200 people have died in unrest in Xinjiang in the past year or so, the government says, including 13 people shot dead by police in a weekend attack on a police station.

At least 380 people have been detained in the last month in a sweeping crackdown on violence in Xinjiang.

 
 
 
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