China executes 8 terrorists

By Global Times – Xinhua Source:Global Times - Xinhua Published: 2014-8-25 0:28:02

Tiananmen attack masterminds put to death in Xinjiang

Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has executed eight terrorists, including three who masterminded the suicide car crash attack in Tiananmen Square in Beijing last October.

The publicity department of Xinjiang announced Saturday that the eight terrorists have been executed with the approval of the Supreme People's Court.

Huseyin Guxur, Yusup Wherniyas and Yusup Ehmet were executed for their role in the terrorist attack in Tiananmen Square.

On October 28, 2013, their accomplice Usmen Hasan, who was with his wife Gulkiz Gheni and his mother Kuwanhan Reyim, drove a jeep into a crowd of people near Tiananmen Square, killing three and injuring 39 others. The three attackers died at the scene.

Guxur, Wherniyas and Ehmet were later detained in Xinjiang.

It was revealed by authorities that Guxur, Wherniyas, Ehmet and Hasan began to recruit members in 2011 to carry out terrorist activities and formed a terrorist group. From December 2012 to September 2013, the four searched for guns and explosives, watched terrorism videos and jointly planned terrorist acts such as bombings and murders in the Chinese capital.

China Central Television (CCTV) Sunday carried videos filmed by the terrorists showing them plotting the attack.

The videos, seized by police from the terrorists' cellphones and computers, show them wearing black turbans with pro-jihad markings.

One video shows Hasan burning the national flags of China and Britain on what appears to be a barren hill. Another shows him spitting at, treading on and burning national flags of dozens of countries, including the US, Germany, Egypt, Malaysia, Pakistan and Uzbekistan in a kitchen. While burning the national flags, Hasan was waving a black flag, marked with jihadi phrasing.

The videos also show the terrorists "vowing to launch jihad for Allah" on a hill in a suburb of Urumqi, according to CCTV.

The terrorists took a car to Beijing on October 7, 2013, and visited Tiananmen Square several times to gather information.

According to CCTV, Hasan and other members of the terrorist group had disputes in Beijing. As a result, the other terrorists left the capital, and Hasan carried out the suicide attack with his wife and mother.

Guxur, Wherniyas and Ehmet were sentenced to death and deprived of political rights for life by the court in June for organizing and leading a terrorist organization and jeopardizing public security through dangerous means.

The other five executed terrorists were involved in four cases in Aksu, Kashgar and Hotan. 

Rozi Eziz was convicted of gun seizing and the intentional homicide of police officers. He committed the crime on June 28, 2013 in Wushi county of Aksu.

Abdusalam Elim had organized a terrorist gang and was ringleader since May 2011. The court found that Elim and others listened and watched religious extremist audio-visual materials and conducted illegal religious activities.

They raised funds for members to conduct physical training and the manufacturing, storage and transportation of explosive devices. Elim was sentenced to death and deprived of political rights for life by the court on charges of organizing and leading a terrorist organization as well as illegal manufacturing, transportation and storage of explosives.

The court found that Memet Tohtiyusup had watched audio-visual materials on religious extremism, violence and terror since February 2013. He killed an innocent civilian on April 18, 2013. He was sentenced to death and deprived of political rights for life by the court for intentional homicide.

Abdumomin Imin had organized terrorist training since March 2008 and became a ringleader. He led Bilal Berdi and other members to burn down two checkpoints and two police vehicles in 2011 and murdered an officer with the forestry bureau of Hotan on December 13, 2013. They were both sentenced to death and deprived of political rights for life by the court on charges of organizing and leading a terrorist organization, arson and intentional homicide.

To fight terrorism, China launched a year-long campaign in late May in the wake of a string of deadly attacks, including one at an open market in Urumqi on May 22 that left 39 dead and 94 injured.

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