China blames ETIM for Xinjiang railway station attack

China today blamed the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) for a train station attack in the western city of Urumqi last month that killed three people and injured 79 others.

PTI| Updated: May 18, 2014, 16:06 PM IST

Beijing: China today blamed the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) for a train station attack in the western city of Urumqi last month that killed three people and injured 79 others.

Terrorist group ETIM was behind the attack, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted officials as saying.

According to the region`s information department, the Urumqi attack was planned by ETIM member Ismail Yusup outside China. On April 22, he ordered 10 partners in Xinjiang to prepare to strike.

They set off explosives and slashed people with knives at the exit of the South Railway Station of Urumqi at around on April 30.

Two members of the group -- Saderdin Sawut and Memetabudula Ete -- were killed by the explosion set off by them, state to be the first suicide blast in the province .

Eight others were caught by police later, the Xinhua report said.
Investigation shows that the main members of the gang started to preach Islamic extremism in 2005.

Ismail Yusup fled abroad after becoming wanted by police for making explosives, and joined the ETIM in 2013.

Police are hunting Ismail Yusup in cooperation with the Interpol.
According to reports, ETIM reportedly claimed responsibility for the Urumqi attack in a video recorded message.

ETIM, stated to be an al-Qaeda backed organisation fighting for the independence of Xinjiang, has been blamed for most of the recent terror attacks in China including the attacks on railways stations at Kunming and Guangzhou outside Xinjiang province.

ETIM, whose organisational structure is little known, is reportedly spreading its wings in Xinjiang where native Muslim Uygur population was restive over the increasing settlements of Han Chinese community from outside the province.

While over hundred people were killed in riots between the two communities, scores died in numerous knife attacks carried by suspected ETIM militants in recent months.

China has deployed armed police patrols all over the country as the group started stating attacks in crowded railway stations outside Xinjiang.