Urumqi Attack: China arrests suspect in Xinjiang

by Editor | May 25, 2014 3:02 am

BBC  - Authorities in China say they have held a suspect over Thursday’s attack on a market in Urumqi in Xinjiang province in which 39 people died.

More than 90 others were wounded.

The man was held in Bayingolin prefecture, to the south of Urumqi. The other four suspects died in the attack, officials told Xinhua.

The authorities have announced a one-year campaign against militant violence in Xinjiang province, home to the Muslim Uighur minority.

Two vehicles drove into crowds at a market in Urumqi and threw explosives in Thursday’s attack. One of the vehicles then blew up.

Previous reports had suggested all five suspects had died in the attack.

Xinhua quoted police as saying the men took part in “illegal religious activities” and “watched and listened to terrorist violence video and audio materials”.

Xinjiang has seen a spate of attacks in recent years.

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