China has announced a wanted list of eight men who allegedly carried out
attacks aimed at disrupting the Beijing Olympics. The men are also accused of
encouraging separatist activity in China's Xinjiang Province, where religious
minorities complain about Beijing's heavy-handed rule. Daniel Schearf reports
China's Public Security Bureau has released a wanted
list of alleged terrorists with the East Turkistan Islamic Movement, which the
United Nations considers a terrorist group that is linked to al
The PSB says the eight men on the list - all Chinese nationals -
planned and carried out violent attacks to disrupt the Beijing Olympics and stir
up separatism in the western province of Xinjiang.
No details of the
attacks were given and it was not clear if authorities link the men to the break
up of alleged terrorist cells and attacks on police in Xinjiang this
China says the suspects
are still are large, but the PSB would not say where they may be. Public
security spokesman Wu Heping called for international cooperation to track them
He says they hope relevant countries' governments and law
enforcement departments will conduct criminal investigations. He says if they
find the men they should immediately be arrested and turned over to Chinese
authorities for punishment under the law.
Earlier this year public
security said they broke up several terrorist cells in Xinjiang and arrested
more than 80 suspects who were plotting bomb attacks and kidnappings during the
In August, just a few days before the games opened in
Beijing, 16 border police were killed in Xinjiang in an attack blamed on Muslim
Beijing says it is fighting a terrorist threat from Islamic
militants in Xinjiang but has produced little evidence.
organizations say government controls on religion and natural resources fuel
separatist sentiment in Xinjiang, home to the Uighur ethnic minority community.
The Uighurs are predominately Muslim.
The United States has 17 Uighur
Muslims in custody at its military prison in Guantanamo Bay. China wants those
men sent home.
The U.S. government has ruled they are not enemy
combatants and a federal court is in the process of deciding whether they should
be released in the U.S.
U.S. authorities refuse to send them to China
where rights groups say they would face torture and execution.