15 Deceased Awarded after Xinjiang Terrorist Clash
   2013-04-30 08:41:56    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Mao Yaqing

People stand in silent tribute to 15 community workers and police officers who died during a terrorist clash on April 23 in Bachu County, Kashgar Prefecture, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, April 29, 2013. During a commendation meeting held on Monday, the regional Communist Party of China (CPC) committee and government posthumously awarded the 15 individuals each as a "regional anti-terrorist hero," seven of whom were also posthumously awarded as a "regional outstanding CPC member". [Photo: Xinhua]

The fifteen community workers and police officers killed last week in Xinjiang have been given posthumous awards.

The fifteen have been named "regional anti-terrorist heroes".

Su Yi has the details.


 

The fifteen community workers and police officers were set upon by a group of armed attackers after being ambushed inside a home.

The attacks took place earlier this month in a town of Bachu County, Kashgar Prefecture.

Local authorities say the violent clash left 21 people dead.

Ten of the 15 police officers and community workers were of the Uygur ethnic group.

Three were of the Han ethnic group. The remaining two were of the Mongolian ethnic group.

Regional governor Nur Bekri says the nature of the terrorist clash was not about ethnic or religious issues, but a terrorist act to split the motherland and undermine national unity.

Meng Hongwei is the head of China's National Anti-Terrorism Office and Vice Minister the country's Ministry of Public Security.

Meng calls the clash a "serious violent terrorist criminal case".

"The terrorists in this case murdered law enforcement personnel in cold blood and cruelly injured innocent people. It's fair to say that no matter whether they're male or female, or of what ethnicity, they have shown fully their true nature, which is against humanity and against society. At the same time, this has shown fully that the 'Three Evils' are destructive to Xinjiang's prosperity and stability, and are the enemy of all of Xinjiang's ethnic groups."

Meantime, regional officials and local residents have attended a memorial service for the killed community workers and police officers in Kashgar.

Those attending Monday's ceremony include family members of the victims.

"This kind of thing should not happen again in the future. No matter what kind of people live here, they need to have a sense of security in their home."

"We just bought this house and refitted and decorated it. We only got married half a year ago, and planned to hold a wedding ceremony at the end of the year."

Local police say they have captured 11 runaway suspected terrorists linked to the deadly attack.

19 suspects have been arrested so far.

Xinjiang police say all those people are believed to belong to a terrorist group founded last year.

Police say the group regularly watched video clips advocating religious extremism and terrorism and attended illegal preaching ceremonies.

The group members were spotted making explosives, which led to the deadly clash.

For CRI, I'm Su Yi.

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