Three Chinese Uighur Muslim terrorists executed for their role in train station attack that killed 31 and injured 141 people last year.
CNN China has executed three men convicted of plotting a knife attack that killed 31 people at a railway station in the southwestern city of Kunming last year. The Kunming City Intermediate People’s Court said that Iskandar Ehet, Turgun Tohtunyaz and Hasayn Muhammad were put to death Tuesday. A female attacker, Patigul Tohti, was pregnant at the time of her arrest and was sentenced to life in prison.
It said they had committed intentional homicide, led a terrorist group and organized the mass knifing, which also wounded 141 people. The names of those executed were Uighur, a Muslim ethnic group from Xinjiang, northwest China. Authorities had blamed terrorists from the region for the attack, just another in an increasing wave of Muslim terrorist attacks being waged on the Chinese public.
The train station attack shook the country and state media labeled it “China’s 9/11.” Dressed in black and wielding long knives and machetes, several assailants stormed the station on March 1, 2014 seemingly hacking at anyone in sight.
Authorities said police shot four perpetrators dead on the scene and captured another. It was the deadliest of a recent spate of violent incidents that have been carried out by the Uyghur Muslims.
UK Daily Mail Distressing photos circulating online showed bodies, pools of blood and abandoned luggage scattered across the terminal floor in the wake of what authorities termed an ‘organised, premeditated, violent terrorist attack’.
Beijing blamed the attack on ‘separatists’ from the resource-rich far western Xinjiang region, where at least 200 people have died in attacks and clashes between locals and security forces over the last year.
The remote autonomous region, which borders Central Asia, is home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority. But campaign groups have accused China of preventing the men from having a fair trial.
Dilxat Raxit, a spokesman for the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress said: ‘China is using the death penalty for political means in order to avoid the root cause of the problem.’ (Yes, the need to drive all the Muslims out of China)
‘The defendants did not get a dignified trial and China used this event to incite discrimination against Uighurs.’ However, China has vowed to step up punishment of ‘violent terrorists’, and is drafting its first-ever anti-terrorism law.
Chinese courts convicted 712 people on terrorism-related charges last year, an increase of more than 13 per cent, according to chief justice Zhou Qiang.