Date
19 September 2017
Paramilitary policemen stand on a truck as they travel past the Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar during an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally in Urumqi. 
Photo: Reuters
Paramilitary policemen stand on a truck as they travel past the Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar during an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally in Urumqi. Photo: Reuters

China launches year-long anti-terror crackdown

China has launched a year-long crackdown on terrorism aimed at halting the spread of violent attacks that have sprung up mainly in Xinjiang province.

The national anti-terrorism team ramped up efforts contain the aftermath of a bombing attack in Urumqi, capital of the restive region, China News Service reported Sunday.

In a video conference with provincial and regional police chiefs, the Ministry of Public Security called for increased vigilance across the country and pre-emptive action against future attacks, the report said, citing deputy minister Yang Huanning.    

Meanwhile, authorities in Xinjiang have arrested a number of suspects in the past two days for offences relating to the exchange of bomb-making information and for allegedly promoting holy war.

A total of 23 suspected terror groups have been smashed and more than 200 people arrested this month, the report said.

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