Terrorist attack on Beijing Olympics prevented

March 9th, 2008 - 6:37 pm ICT by admin  

Beijing, March 9 (Xinhua) Terrorists killed earlier this year in the northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region targeted the Beijing Olympic Games, a senior Chinese official said here Sunday. The Chinese police smashed a terrorist gang in January in Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang, killing two and arresting 15 others.

“Obviously, the gang had planned an attack targeting the Olympics,” said Wang Lequan, chief of the Xinjiang autonomous regional committee of the Communist Party of China.

The group was said to have collaborated with the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a group the United Nations labeled a terrorist organization in 2002.

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