81 people sentenced in Chinese terrorism crackdown

June 5, 2014 12:21 PM

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81 people sentenced in Chinese terrorism crackdown

BEIJING -- Chinese authorities sentenced 81 people on terror-related charges -- nine of them to death -- and made 29 new arrests in a huge crackdown in the far west following deadly attacks blamed on Muslim extremists, state media and officials said Thursday.

Four high-profile attacks on civilians since late October have handed a major security challenge to President Xi Jinping during his first 15 months in office. The attacks have been blamed on extremists from the Xinjiang region's native Turkic-speaking Uighurs seeking to overthrow Chinese rule and in...

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