Four sent to trial in China for Kunming knife attacks

Four persons from China`s restive Xinjiang province were sent to trial on Monday for their alleged involvement in the deadly knife attacks on passengers at a railway station in Kunming city that killed 29 people earlier this year.

PTI| Last Updated: Jun 30, 2014, 20:40 PM IST

Beijing: Four persons from China`s restive Xinjiang province were sent to trial on Monday for their alleged involvement in the deadly knife attacks on passengers at a railway station in Kunming city that killed 29 people earlier this year.

The suspects were found to be involved in organising, leading or taking part in the terrorist attack as well as intentional homicide, a statement issued by the Supreme People`s Procuratorate said.

A group of assailants armed with knives slaughtered civilians at the railway station in Kunming, the provincial capital of southwest China`s Yunnan Province, causing 29 deaths and injuring another 143.

Police shot dead four of the attackers at the station and arrested four others.

Iskandar Ehet, Turgun Tohtunyaz and Hasayn Muhammad are accused of leading a terrorist organisation and planning the attack.

Patigul Tohti is accused of being involved in organising and executing the killings, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The procuratorate has filed the case in the Kunming Municipal Intermediate People`s Court.

China blames the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) for that attack as well as well as several other violent acts in recent years in Xinjiang and outside.

ETIM, stated to be an al-Qaeda-linked outfit, is fighting for the independence of Xinjiang where the native Muslim Uygurs deeply resent the increasing settlements of majority Han Chinese from other provinces.

Several militants who were accused of taking part ?in a number of attacks were executed in Xinjiang.