Chinese Police Foiled Terror Plot Targeting Beijing Olympics, Official Says

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A Beijing Olympic Games flag shines in the light during a New Year’s celebration in Beijing on Dec. 31, 2007. (ODED BALILTY/AP)

Chinese officials claim that in January they uncovered an alleged terrorist plot, based out of Urumqi, to bomb the Olympics. From Canadian Press:

A senior Communist Party official says Chinese police captured and killed alleged Islamic terrorists who were plotting attacks targeting the Beijing Olympics.

Wang Lequan, the top official in the western region of , says today a Jan. 27 raid in the regional capital Urumqi had seized materials that showed the plotters’ purpose was specifically to sabotage the staging of the Games.

The Global Times newspaper published by the Communist Party earlier reported the group had planned bombings and other violent terrorist incidents on Feb. 5, the last business day before the start of the Lunar New Year holiday, but the paper had made no mention of the Olympics.

Here is AP’s story, via star.com.

Also related see “No Let-Up in Fight Against Forces of Terror” from China Daily and “China parliament delegates call for Xinjiang crackdown: report” from AFP.

For a more skeptical view of the fight against “terrorists” read “The Annual Terrorism Smackdown” from the Opposite End of China blog.

Also today, authorities say a flight crew on a China Southern Airlines flight foiled an “attempt to create an air disaster.” Xinhua later called it a “planned terrorist attack.”

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