BEIJING: China has rushed thousands of special police forces to Urumqi, capital city of northwestern Xinjiang province, where it is battling to contain separatist East Turkestan militants, some of them trained in neighbouring Pakistan.
Thousands of special policemen have been transferred to Urumqi
from the regional public security department, state-run Xinhua news
agency reported without specifying the reasons for the deployment.
The fresh deployment would be in addition to stationing of Snow
Leopards, China best known anti-terrorism unit in Urmuqi as well as in
the border town of Kashghar, located close to the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK).
The restive province has been witnessing large scale violence and
terrorist activities since last two years and about 200 hundred people
have been killed and large numbers injured in riots by Uyghurs
protesting over the growing settlements of Hans.
The area has also witnessed periodic violent attacks staged by East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM).
To contain separatist violence, the Chinese rushed in the Leopard force
in the aftermath of the attacks by ETIM militants against members of
Han community in which several people were killed.
administration said the militants who were subsequently killed were
trained in terrorist training camps in Pakistan, which subsequently
stepped up cooperation to crackdown on ETIM militants drawn from the
ranks of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.
is a large, sparsely populated area, spanning over 1.6 million km2
(comparable in size to Iran or Western Europe), which takes up about one
sixth of the country's territory. Xinjiang borders the Tibet Autonomous
Region and India's Leh District to the south and Qinghai and Gansu
provinces to the southeast, Mongolia to the east, Russia to the north,
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India to
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