Xinjiang arrested 13,000 terrorists in past five years: White Paper

Amid growing international opprobrium and defending controversial Islamic de-radicalization measures China revealed Monday to have detained about 13,000 terrorists since 2014 in the far western region of Xinjiang.

In a lengthy policy paper the government added 1,588 violent and terrorist gangs were destroyed and 12,995 terrorists were arrested.

The white paper further added that Xinjiang seized 2,052 explosive devices, confiscated 345,229 copies of illegal religious materials and punished 30,645 people for 4,858 illegal religious activities.

World Uyghur Congress denounced the white paper that further reveals only a small minority of people had been punished and those were like ringleaders of terror groups and those people who were influenced by extremist thinking.

World Uyghur Congress is the main exiled group in China. Its spokesman Dilxat Raxit said, “China is deliberately distorting the truth… Counter-terrorism is a political excuse to suppress the Uighurs. The real aim of the so-called de-radicalization is to eliminate faith and thoroughly carry out Sinification.”

China claims since 9/11 attacks in United States the Xinjiang province has faced particular challenge as revamp of East Turkestan extremists’ was noticed.

The white paper mentioned Uighur ethnic group evolved from migration and integration, but are not descendants of the Turks.

The Uighurs in Xinjiang speaks Turkic language due to close cultural links.

Paul Linus