China has busted a total of 181 “terror gangs” in northwestern Xinjiang since an anti-terror campaign was launched a year ago, state media reported.
Security forces thwarted around 96.2 percent of the groups in the planning stage, with 112 suspects turning themselves in to the police, according to data from the Communist Party of China’s regional committee cited by Xinhua.
On May 23 last year, China’s central government launched a yearlong “anti-terrorism’’ campaign – focusing on Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur group – that will be in effect until June 2015.
The drive came after an attack in the regional capital of Urumqi that left 39 people dead and more than 90 others wounded at a marketplace.
In January, the state-owned China Daily reported that security forces had raided 148 points in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in 2014 as part of public order operations.
Uighur, a Turkic group that makes up around 45 percent of the population of Xinjiang, have accused China of carrying out repressive policies that restrain their religious, commercial and cultural activities. (Anadolu Ajansi)