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Mehmet Tohti
20-10-08, 23:58
China issues wanted list for Olympics terror plotters

* Reuters
*Tuesday October 21 2008

BEIJING, Oct 21 (Reuters) - China released on Tuesday a wanted list of eight "terrorists" it said had plotted to attack the Beijing Olympic Games and were bent on separating the restive western region of Xinjiang.

It said the eight had also carried out attacks but did not say where.

Resource-rich Xinjiang, strategically located on the borders of Central Asia, has been rocked by sometimes violent unrest this year, including the killing of 16 armed police just before the August Olympics, blamed by China on Muslim militants seeking an independent state they call "East Turkestan".

China called for international cooperation in tracking down the eight suspects, all Chinese citizens.

"We hope that relevant international governments and law enforcement departments can carry out investigations according to the law, and if they are discovered, that they be arrested and handed over to China," the police said in a statement.

Many of Xinjiang's 8 million largely Muslim Uighurs chafe at the strict controls on religion that China enforces and resent influxes of Han Chinese migrant workers and businesses.
Uighurs make up slightly less than half of the region's people, and most of the rest are Han. (Reporting by Ian Ransom; Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Bill Tarrant)


21-10-08, 01:23
Chinese police announced in Beijing on Tuesday morning the names of eight terrorists of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM).

They are:

Memetiming Memeti,
Emeti Yakuf,
Memetituersun Yiming,
Memetituersun Abuduhalike,
Xiamisidingaihemaiti Abudumijiti,
Aikemilai Wumaierjiang,
Yakuf Memeti
Tuersun Toheti.

In a news briefing organized by the Ministry of Public Security (MPS), spokesman Wu Heping said since 2007, the ETIM terrorists have plotted, organized and implemented a series of terrorist activities in China to sabotage the Beijing Olympic Games.

The Chinese police timely frustrated those criminal activities, Wu said.

The eight terrorists whose names were just released are diehard ETIM members and were deeply involved in terrorism. They led, planned, or organized criminal activities, as well as recruited or trained followers, Wu said.

Wu called for global cooperation to ferret out whereabouts of the eight announced terrorists and extradite them to the Chinese government.

Wu said the Chinese police welcome international collaboration in fighting against terrorism and hope to cooperate with other countries in sharing anti-terrorism intelligence, cutting off funding channels of terrorists and extraditing suspects.

He said some of the announced terrorists plotted, led and schemed violent terrorist activities, while others involved in the recruiting and training of terrorist organizations members, collected funding, or attempted to launch terrorist attacks through bombing and poisoning.

The Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), also called the East Turkistan Islamic Party, Allah Party or the East Turkistan National Revolution Association, is one of the most dangerous terrorist organizations among "East Turkistan" terrorist forces. It acts for the aim of splitting China by means of terror and establishing a theocratic "Eastern Turkistan Islamic State" in Xinjiang, northwest China.

China released in 2003 the first name list of four "East Turkistan" terrorist groups and 11 East Turkistan terrorists. Apart from the ETIM, the East Turkistan Liberation Organization (ETLO), the World Uygur Youth Congress (WUYC) and the East Turkistan Information Center (ETIC) were also on the list.