02 May 2014
CHINESE President Xi Jinping has pledged “resolute measures” following a suspected terror attack involving knives and explosives outside the largest railway station in Urumqi, capital of the restive Xinjiang region.
Mr Xi, who was wrapping up his security-focused four-day inspection tour to the region when the apparent suicide bombing happened, called the terrorists “audacious”. At least three people died and 79 were injured on Wednesday when assailants attacked people with knives and set off explosions. The number of assailants is unclear although Xinhua News Agency said two of them were killed after setting off explosives. The third person was a bystander.
Xinhua said one of the suspects was Sedirdin Sawut, 39, from Aksu in southern Xinjiang. The duo had long been involved in religious extremism, it added.
… Singapore-based international terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna said more such attacks could be expected in the future. When terrorists launch an attack that is successful, they will carry out more of the same, he added.
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