18 surrender to police for terror attack in China`s Xinjiang

Eighteen suspects who participated in last month`s deadly terrorist attack that killed 37 civilians in the troubled Xinjiang province bordering Pakistan have surrendered to police.

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 10, 2014, 16:43 PM IST

Beijing: Eighteen suspects who participated in last month`s deadly terrorist attack that killed 37 civilians in the troubled Xinjiang province bordering Pakistan have surrendered to police due to intense pressure from public, official media reported on Sunday.

The suspects have surrendered under tense pressure from the public, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted the regional government`s publicity department as saying.

A total of 18 suspects of a fatal terror attack in Shache County have surrendered to police, the local government announced today.
Masked militants armed with knives attacked government offices on July 28 and killed 37 civilians and left 13 others injured. Police officers on the scene shot dead 59 terrorists and arrested 215 others.

In the incident, thirty one vehicles were vandalised in the violent attack, of which six were set on fire.

Xinjiang, home to Uighur Muslims, is in turmoil over the increasing settlements of Han Chinese from other parts of the country.
Beijing accuses al-Qaeda backed East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), which had bases in Pakistan`s tribal areas, for the unrest in the region.

The Shache attack was considered to be one of the largest in recent years as hundreds of separatists took part in it.