Authorities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang province have offered more than 300 million yuan (US$48.7 million) as cash rewards for those who helped hunt suspected terrorists, Xinhua News Agency reported over the weekend.
More than 10,000 officials and local residents attended a ceremony in Hotan prefecture Sunday, in which the first batch of rewards worth 4.23 million yuan was granted to local residents for their bravery in hunting a group of 10 suspected terrorists.
Based on tip-offs offered by local residents and help from more than 30,000 volunteers, local policemen chased the suspects to an abandoned house in Purgakqi township of Karakax county. The suspects resisted arrest by throwing explosives into the crowd, but police fired back, killing nine of them and arresting one, the report said.
Meanwhile, local police said they killed 59 terrorists and arrested 215 others responsible for the deadly terrorist attack in Shache county last Monday.
Thirty-seven civilians were killed and 13 others were injured in the violent attack. Local police seized large knives and axes at the scene, and recovered banners that read “holy war”.
The mastermind behind the attack has been identified as Nuramat Sawut. He’s reported to have close connections with the East Turkestan Islamic Movement. Sawut has been advocating separatism and religious extremism since 2013, according to the news agency.
Zhang Chunxian, party chief of Xinjiang, condemned the attack and vowed to resolutely crack down on terrorists, the report said.
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