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Urumqi calms after syringe attacks

2009-09-07 08:55 BJT

Special Report: 7.5 Xinjiang Urumqi Riots |

This week, tens of thousand of people took to the streets of Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, following recent syringe attacks in which hundreds were stabbed. Now the city has returned to stability.

A series of mysterious syringe attacks during the last two weeks spreads fear. 106 of the 531 victims have obvious signs of needle wounds. Witnesses say those who had been attacked, include Hans and Uygurs.

Tens of thousands marched in the city center Thursday morning to protest the syringe attacks. The police disperse the crowd with tear gas.

Friday, the city saw more protests and local authorities ban unlicensed demonstrations.

The Central Government dispatched the Minister of Public Security Meng Jianzhu to Urmuqi. He visited local garrisons and residents and said the attacks were the work of criminals and separatists bent on sabotaging ethnic unity.

Police arrested four suspects involved in the syringe attack. Xinjiang authorities update the progress of the investigation on Saturday.

Wutkur Abdurahman,Procurator-general in Urumqi,said, "Yilipan Yilihamu, a 19-year-old male, was captured August 28th. His arrest came four hours after a woman reported to police she had been stabbed at a roadside fruit stall. On August 29th, Muhutaerjiang Turdi, a 34-year-old male, and Aimannisha Guli, a 22-year-old female, threatened a taxi driver with a syringe and robbed him of 710 yuan. On August 31st, Akbar Imin, a 47-year-old male, injured police with a syringe when he resisted arrest."

Chinese military medical experts examined more than 200 victims. So far, no one has contracted diseases triggered by radioactive matters, germs or other toxic chemicals. Further tests are being conducted in Beijing.

And back in Urumqi, calm has returned. At Hongshan roundabout, one of the busiest areas, traffic controls have been lifted. Banks and supermarkets are back in operation.

Editor: Zhang Ning | Source: CCTV.com