THREE knife-wielding attackers killed five and injured another five in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region before police killed the “thugs,” an official from Hotan said.
The attack took place in Pishan County in Hotan Prefecture on Tuesday night, Hotan Prefecture government said on its official website yesterday. The statement said that “social order is normal at present and an investigation is under way.”
Chen Quanguo, Party chief of Xinjiang, said in a government video conference in January that maintaining stability is a major task for all levels of Xinjiang government, and this priority overrides all other work. He called on Party members and civil servants in the region to have a clear understanding of Xinjiang’s anti-terrorism situation. He said that Xinjiang’s fight with the “three evil forces” is urgent, complicated and time-consuming.
“Three evil forces” refers to terrorism, separatism and religious extremism.
Chen called for a thorough crackdown on terrorism and strengthened efforts to improve ethnic ties. He urged cultivation and protection of patriotic religious personnel and a crackdown on illegal religious activities. He also called for stricter border control and Internet security maintenance.
Xinjiang has witnessed a slew of terror attacks in the past few years. In September 2015, a group of terrorists raided a coal mine in Baicheng, Aksu Prefecture, killing 11 civilians and five police officers and injuring 18 people.(Global Times)