We have a Tiny Minority of Extremists who have Hijacked the Religion of Peaceâ„¢. Chinese authorities have “criminal gangs.” Both groups are simply Islamic jihadists. “Seven Killed in Suspected Terror Attack in Xinjiang,” from Outlook India, August 19 (thanks to Sanjay):
Renewed violence struck China’s restive Xinjiang province when seven people were killed and fourteen wounded in a suspected bomb attack today, local officials said.
The explosion took place on a three wheeled vehicle in Aksu city and the local officials blamed the blast on “criminal gangs”, an abbreviation used by authorities for Muslim separatists.
Official Chinese newsagency Xinhua quoted a spokeswoman of the provincial government as saying that the blast was being treated as a criminal case and that one suspect had been apprehended….
Xinjiang has been beset by ethnic conflict and separatist violence for the past few years and last summer witnessed bloody clashes between the Uighurs, the largely Muslim ethnic group and the majority Han Chinese settlers which left 197 people dead.
In the wake of the riots, authorities in a major crackdown arrested hundreds of people and about two dozen people were sentenced to death for inciting ethnic riots.
The provincial Governor Nur Bekri in a speech just before the blast had blamed Islamic terrorists for recent unrest in the region and said authorities were faced with a complicated separatist struggle….