China releases terror blacklist in Olympic plot
Date Published: 10/21/2008
Chinese police have called for the extradition of eight suspected separatists accused of plotting a campaign of terror to coincide with the Beijing Olympics. Wu Heping, spokesman for the Public Security Ministry, has stated that the suspects allegedly financed, incited, and organized attacks during and around the Summer Games as part of an ongoing rebellion against Chinese rule in the traditionally Muslim province of Xinjiang. Wu further asserted that the men, all of which are Chinese citizens, are believed to be members of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement, a group of extremists believed to be based across the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Wu revealed that one of the suspects planned to bomb a supermarket popular with Chinese business people in an unspecified Middle Eastern country ahead of the opening of the Olympic Games while another had prepared to attack a Chinese club in a South Asian nation. He did not disclose any details of the planned attacks, nor gave details of where the men were suspected of hiding. –posted by Lelise Gobena
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