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.
– Contact us at [email protected]