Date
25 September 2017
This screen grab from a government documentary shows footage from last year's Tiananmen attack.  Photo: CNTV.com
This screen grab from a government documentary shows footage from last year's Tiananmen attack. Photo: CNTV.com

China: Terrorists using internet to plan attacks

Terrorist groups are using the internet to promote terrorism and violence in China, the State Internet Information Office (SIIO) said Tuesday.

The government released a 24-minute documentary showing how terrorists are using the internet to recruit people and plan attacks.

It also shows footage from several major terrorist attacks in recent years, including the Tiananmen crash in 2013 and violence in Xinjiang and Kunming, capital of Yunnan province.

This is the first time Chinese authorities are giving the public a glimpse of the Tiananmen attack amid criticism few details have been released to the media.

The documentary shows propaganda materials seized from terrorists who planned and launched attacks in the mainland.

A senior SIIO official said terrorists have been spreading their violent beliefs and skills online, state news agency Xinhua reported.

The official said terrorism is being perpetrated in China by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), the same group linked to terrorist attacks in other countries.

ETIM was listed by the United Nations as a terrorist organization in 2002 and is considered an international terrorist network, the report said.

Almost all the people involved in the attacks had watched ETIM’s online propaganda. There has been a significant rise in video and audio promotions by the group since 2013, coinciding with a sharp increase in violent attacks in the mainland, the official was quoted as saying.

On Friday, China launched a campaign to rid the internet of audio and video materials that promote terrorism and violence.

SIIO said it is cooperating with foreign website operators to crack down on such online materials.

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