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PRC media blames Syrian rebels for Xinjiang unrest

SABOTAGE:A state-run tabloid quoted an alleged terrorist as saying that the East Turkestan Islamic movement specifically requested him to enhance the ‘struggle level’ in Xinjiang

Reuters, BEIJING

A front-page editorial in the People’s Daily blamed the “three evil forces” of “terrorism, separatism and extremism” for orchestrating the attacks in Xinjiang.

“They have used religious extremism to confuse the masses of believers, and have expanded their power in waging a so-called ‘holy war,’” the editorial said. “Their purpose is to mess up Xinjiang, to split China.”

Two days after the deadly attack, more than 100 people riding motorbikes and wielding knives attacked a police station in Xinjiang, state media reported.

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