China indicts eight for Tiananmen car attack

Since the Oct. 28 attack there have been several other attacks that the government has blamed on separatists from East Turkestan.

China indicts eight for Tiananmen car attack

World Bulletin / News Desk

Prosecutors in western China have indicted eight people over an attack on the edge of Beijing's Tiananmen Square last October when a car ploughed into a crowd and caught fire, state media reported on Saturday.

Three people in the car and two bystanders were killed in the attack which the government blamed on Uighur separatists from the western region of East Turkestan (Xinjiang). Forty people were hurt in the attack.

The procuratorate of Urumqi, the capital of East Turkestan, accused the eight of "organizing, leading and participating (in) a 'terrorist' group and endangering public security with dangerous method", Xinhua news agency said.

China is waging a year-long campaign and has focused on East Turkestan, home to a large Muslim Uighur minority, following a series of bloody attacks that Beijing blames on separatists from the region.

Xinhua did not identify the eight who were indicted. It said they would stand trial at the Urumqi Intermediate People's Court but did not give a date.

Since the Oct. 28 attack there have been several other attacks that the government has blamed on separatists from East Turkestan, the deadliest of which occurred on May 22 when, according to the government, five suicide bombers hit a market in Urumqi killing 39 people.

A few weeks earlier a bomb went off at a train station killing one person and wounding 79.

Chinese authorities have blamed what they called the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a Muslim Uighur separatist group, for the Oct. 28 attack at the foot of the Forbidden City in Beijing.

Chinese President Xi Jinping this week pledged to alleviate poverty and improve ethnic unity in restive Xinjiang. Experts have long said economic marginalisation of East Turkestan's Uighurs is one of the main causes of the violence. 

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