China's Xinjiang region starts "one-year crackdown" on "violent terrorist activities" -Xinhua

by Reuters
Friday, 23 May 2014 14:11 GMT

BEIJING, May 23 (Reuters) - China's Xinjiang region has started a "one-year crackdown" on "violent terrorist activities", the official Xinhua news agency reported on Friday, providing no further details.

The troubled Xinjiang region in western China, home to a large Muslim Uihgur minority, was the scene of China's biggest attack in years on Thursday, when explosives hurled from two vehicles in an open market killed 31 people.

China called the attack in the regional capital of Urumqi a "serious violent terrorist incident" and domestic security chief Meng Jianzhu vowed to strengthen a crackdown on the "arrogance of terrorists". Ninety-four people were wounded. (Reporting by Paul Carsten; Editing by Ron Popeski)