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Muslim attackers wanted holy war: China

world Updated: Aug 05, 2008 22:41 IST

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Two Muslim men who carried out a deadly attack on a Chinese police station were carrying documents calling for “holy war”, police said on Tuesday.

“On the scene, police also found two knives used in the attack and some propaganda material advocating a 'holy war',” a public security ministry statement said.

The statement said the men also used explosives similar to those found in a raid on the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, a UN-listed terrorist organisation, during a raid on the group last year.

Sixteen policemen were killed in the attack in China’s Muslim-populated Xinjiang region on Monday.

Uighur leader condemns killing

The exiled leader of China’s Uighur Muslims condemned the reported killing of policemen in the country’s Xinjiang region, but urged Beijing not to wage a crackdown on “peaceful Uighurs.”

“We condemn all acts of violence,” Rebiya Kadeer said in Washington, where she has been living in exile since 2005 after spending six years in a Beijing prison. “The Uighur people do not support acts that engender bloodshed.”

Kadeer’s Uighur American Association said it was seeking independent accounts of the incident and urged the international community “to view Chinese government accounts regarding Uighur terrorist acts with caution.