China freezes assets of 6 Uyghur militants
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Last Updated: Friday, April 06, 2012, 14:49
Beijing: China on Friday froze assets and funds of six Uyghur men, accusing them of being members of outlawed East Turkistan Islamic Movement group which has been blamed for many terror attacks in Muslim-majority Xinjiang province.

Chinese police have published a list of "six terrorists" and decided to freeze their funds and assets, state-run Xinhua news agency reported without mentioning their names.

The six were all core members of the terrorist group the ETIM, it quoted a statement by the Ministry of Public Security as saying and sought the help of the foreign governments in helping to arrest them and hand them over to China.

"The group is the most direct and real threat China faces for its security," said a spokesman of the Ministry of Public Security.

The six have participated in the organisation, planning and execution of terrorist acts against Chinese targets within and outside the country, the statement said.

Without naming any specific country, the ministry hoped that foreign governments and their law enforcing departments would help to arrest them.

Xinjiang borders Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Chinese officials said some of the militants who took part in brutal attacks on civilians were trained in the Pakistan's terrorist training camps.

ETIM is still conducting propaganda and instigation among members of the "three evil forces" of separatism, extremism and terrorism who live in China, and attempts to stage terrorist acts, the statement said.


First Published: Friday, April 06, 2012, 14:49

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