6 December 2019

Group says Tiananmen attack a jihadist operation, CNA reports

Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), an Islamist militant group, said the terror attack in Tiananmen Square on October 28 was a “jihadist operation” by holy warriors, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported late Sunday, citing the SITE Intelligence Group’s monitoring service. The TIP had released a Uygur-language audio recording from its leader, Abdullah Mansour, in which he said the “jihadist operations” were only the beginning of attacks on Chinese authorities, the report said. In an eight-minute message, Mansour said Uygur fighters would target even the Great Hall of the People, where the Communist Party holds legislative and ceremonial activities, SITE was quoted as saying. On Oct. 28, three people believed to be from Xinjiang drove an SUV into a crowd at Tiananmen Square and set it on fire, killing themselves and two tourists.

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