China trains Xinjiang police to use guns against attacks

The training includes instructions on the use of firearms and combat tactics, a statement carried on the website of the Ministry of Public Security said

China trains Xinjiang police to use guns against attacks

World Bulletin/News Desk

China has sent weapons specialists to Xinjiang to train police as part of its crackdown on violent attacks, blamed by Beijing on "militants and separatists," in the troubled far western region, state media reported on Wednesday.

Xinjiang (East Turkestan), resource-rich and strategically located on the borders of central Asia, is home to the Muslim Uighur people. It has been beset by violence for years and a recent series of attacks, some of which Beijing has called "terrorism", have unnerved the country.

A group of training officers were sent to Xinjiang to "improve the anti-terrorism and emergency management ability of front-line police officers, and resolutely strike against violent terrorists who are swollen with arrogance," the ruling Communist Party's mouthpiece, the People's Daily, said.

The training includes instructions on the use of firearms and combat tactics, a statement carried on the website of the Ministry of Public Security said.

More than 100 people have been killed in unrest in Xinjiang in the past year, prompting a crackdown by Chinese authorities.

Many Uighurs say they are unhappy at Chinese restrictions on their culture and religion, although the government says they are given widespread freedoms.

A number of Chinese cities have tightened security measures after several recent deadly attacks in different parts of the country.

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