Beijing Olympics: Terror bombing was ‘Muslim jihad’
The Chinese government has said the bombing which killed 16 policemen in Kashgar was a premeditated jihad and promised an iron-fisted response to terrorists.
By Malcolm Moore in Kashgar
Last Updated: 5:24PM BST 05 Aug 2008
“We found papers on one of the suspects saying that their religious beliefs are more important than their lives, the prosperity of their families and even the well-being of their mothers. They were trying to perform a jihad,” said Shi Dagang, the Communist party secretary of Kashgar.
The two men were named as Abdul Rahman, 28, and Kurbanyan Ahmet, 33, both from Kashgar. Mr Shi said one was a taxi driver, the other was a hawker.
The two men drove a lorry into a troop of policemen that were on a morning jog outside the Yi Jin hotel. After the lorry overturned, the men threw homemade grenades at the policemen before stabbing them with knives, Mr Shi said.
“One of the men lost his arm in the explosion. The other is already on trial. We recovered nine grenades, two long knives, two daggers and a gun.”
Meanwhile, two Japanese journalists were arrested and beaten while trying to report on the bombing on Monday night.
Masami Kawakita, a photographer with the Chunichi Shimbun newspaper, said he was near the gates of the police compound when he was surrounded by soldiers.
“They picked me up by the arms and legs and carried me into the courtyard. They kicked me in the ribs and arms and one stood on my head with his boot,” he said.
Mr Kawakita, together with a reporter for Nippon Television, was detained for two hours without water or being allowed to make a telephone call before being released. The Japanese government said it planned to “protest strongly” to China over the alleged detention.
A French photographer and a Hong Kong-based reporter were also allegedly abused by police, and the Chinese government is expected to make a formal apology.
Day-ummmmm. Muslim Jihad? That’s one hell of a headline, especially in a country that has had a few Muslim problems of it’s own.
What kind of paper is the Telegraph? Are they right-wing or sensationalistic? I’m just asking, not saying they are.
p.s. Mods, I am sorry i don’t know how to post url’s , if you point me to directions I’ll never post a lengthy one again.