Chinese forces in Kashgar in the restive far western region of Xinjiang have so far this year broken up 12 overseas-based terrorist cells, a report on a government website said on Wednesday.
The report, carried on www.china.com.cn and citing Kashgar’s deputy Communist Party boss Huang Sanping, named the East Turkestan Islamic Movement and Hizb ut-Tahrir as two of the groups involved.
The East Turkestan Islamic Movement was listed by the United Nations as a terrorist group in 2002 and has links to al Qaeda. But Hizb ut-Tahrir, which says its goal is to establish a pan-national Islamic state, denies espousing violence.
“As the Olympics is getting ever nearer, the forces of the Communist Party, army, People’s Armed Police and public security department in Kashgar are fully prepared for any eventuality, and can respond to sudden incidents at any time,” the report said.