China says it has stopped five terrorist groups and arrested 82 suspected
terrorists who were plotting to attack the Beijing Olympics. Daniel Schearf
reports from Beijing the announcement was made one day after police in
northwestern China said they shot and killed five people during a raid on a
China's official Xinhua news agency says police
broke up the suspected terrorist groups in the first half of this year in
northwest Xinjiang province.
Xinhua quoted Chen Zhuangwei, the head of
public security in Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi, as saying the groups were
separatists or extremists plotting to sabotage the Beijing Olympics.
said police also had destroyed 41 training bases for "holy war."
Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said the incidents showed that terrorism in
China is a real threat.
He says facts prove that in this region there are
groups engaging in terrorist activities to split China. He says the
international community should have a unified stance on cooperation in fighting
Chinese authorities say in Xinjiang, home of the
Muslim Uighur minority group, the country is threatened by Islamic terrorists
with links to international organizations, including al Qaida.
rights groups say Beijing is using terrorism as an excuse to persecute
independence-leaning Muslim minorities who have less access to jobs and
education than China's ethnic majority Han Chinese.
Police in Urumqi on
Wednesday said they raided a hideout of 15 separatists, killing five of them and
injuring two. Xinhua reported the 10 men and five women were all Uighurs and had
threatened police with knives when they were cornered.
Xinhua said three
of the men were suspected of stabbing and seriously wounding a Han Chinese woman
at a beauty salon. The report said the 10 arrested suspects confessed to
plotting to establish an independent Muslim state and kill Han
Earlier this year, Chinese authorities said they stopped
terrorist cells planning to attack the Olympic Games, kidnap foreign athletes
and journalists, and hijack and crash an airplane.
police cooperation organization, Interpol, has said international terrorism is a
real threat to the Beijing Olympics next month. Interpol and several countries
have offered security cooperation with China to help prevent terrorist acts
during the games.