Date
19 August 2017
Juma Tayir, the imam of the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar was killed by suspected Islamist militants on July 31. Chinese authorities have now named all the three knife-wielding assailants as well as the alleged mastermind behind the attack. Photo: Reuters
Juma Tayir, the imam of the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar was killed by suspected Islamist militants on July 31. Chinese authorities have now named all the three knife-wielding assailants as well as the alleged mastermind behind the attack. Photo: Reuters

Xinjiang police identify mastermind behind imam’s murder: report

An 18-year-old man from a village in Kashgar prefecture in Xinjiang is believed to the mastermind behind the murder of an imam from China’s largest mosque, China Daily reported Sunday, citing local police.

Three people attacked and killed imam Juma Tayier, 74, after he performed the routine sunrise prayer on July 30 at the Id Kah mosque in Kashgar. Two suspects were shot dead at the scene and the third, Nurmemet Abidili, 19, was taken alive.

Police arrested Aini Aishan, 18, in Xinjiang’s Hotan city two days after the murder for allegedly plotting the attack, the report said.

Police were quoted as saying that Aini, who worked on construction sites in Hotan since he graduated from junior high school in Kezilesu township, came in contact with a religious extremist group in January 2013 and obtained violent terrorist videos as well as prohibited religious publications.

In January, Nurmemet, who is also from Kazilesu, called to ask Aini where he could learn about Islam, and Aini told Nurmemet to come to Hotan, the report said.

He then became Nurmemet’s instructor, showing him the terrorist videos and teaching him about religious extremism, Ccording to the report.

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