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China jails 39 in far west for material sharing

In this Thursday, May 1, 2014 file photo, heavily armed Chinese paramilitary policemen march past the site of an explosion outside the Urumqi South Railway Station in Urumqi, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

BEIJING: Local judicial authorities in China's restive far western region say dozens of people have been jailed in a special operative to curb the spread of audios and videos inciting terrorism.

The Xinjiang Supreme Court said Wednesday that 39 people were sentenced to prison after being convicted of crimes including organizing and leading terrorist groups, inciting ethnic hatred, ethnic discrimination and illegal manufacturing of guns.

The Xinjiang region, home to the Turkish-speaking Muslim minority of Uighurs, has seen a surge in violence protesting Beijing's rule. Most recently, assailants targeted civilians in a suicide attack outside a train station in the regional capital of Urumqi, killing three people, including two suspected attackers.

Beijing blames the violence on secession-seeking terrorists and has vowed a severe crackdown.

 

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