Locals Condemn Terrorist Attack in Xinjiang
   2013-07-01 10:39:44    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo Jing


 

Authorities in Xinjiang say they've apprehended all those involved in last week's rioting near the city of Turpan.

CRI's Lucy Du with more on the unrest.

38-year old Usman Tuerxun lives in the city of Turpan, which is about 65 kilometers away from the township where the terrorist attack took place.

An ethnic Uygur, Tuerxun makes his living growing grape and running a small business.

Though unaffected by the attack, he describes those involved in the attack as villains.

"Don't you think so? Aren't they villains as they killed innocent people? Villains should be caught by the police and imprisoned."

Authorities are describing the 17 people involved in the attack as religious extremists.
One was arrested a day prior to the incident.

Police say the rest of the group, fearing their plans might be revealed, launched the assault on the local police station in Shanshan County.

They also attacked a construction site and a number of other local businesses.

In the end, 24 people were killed, including 2 police officers.

21 others were hurt in the assault, which saw the attackers hack away at people with knives.

Usman Tuerxun says the unrest is unusual for the area.

"I was worried at first. But now the government has dealt with it and we were told that the situation has been back to normal in the county. We don't need to worry any more."
Local authorites have been carrying out 24-hour armed patrols since the attack took place on Wednesday.

The deadly assault is already starting to take its toll on the local tourism industry.
Lu Chunjing is the deputy mayor of Turpan.

"Turpan is an open city, a tourist city, so the tourism industry was affected directly. Like after the riot in July 5th, 2009, the tourism industry was the first economic sector to be affected, yet it was also the first to recover. People in the region have a strong resolution and confidence in a harmonious and stable life, so they have come together to try to maintain social stability."

For CRI, this is Lucy Du.

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