Thursday July 10, 2008
Chinese authorities today claimed they had foiled an attempt to sabotage next month's Beijing Olympics as they confirmed the shooting dead of five alleged Muslim militants.
Chen Zhuangwei, head of the public security in the north-west city of Urumqi, confirmed more than 100 arrests this year as part of a crackdown against the "three evil forces of terrorism, separatism and extremism".
The operation included killing five Uighur separatists in a raid on their hide-out in the city, the capital of the remote Xinjiang region.
It was part of a move to eliminate alleged terrorist groups in Xinjiang, who, state media said, were plotting to attack the Beijing Olympics.