China sentences three to death for role in Beijing terror attack
The Chinese government has sentenced three members of the minority Muslim Uighur group to death for their role in an attack on a crowd milling about in Tiananmen Square.
The three, Husanjan Wuxur, Yusup Umarniyaz, and Yusup Ahmat, were sentenced in a court in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province, according to Reuters. The court sentenced the three to death on charges of organizing and leading a terrorist group. They were also charged with using dangerous methods to endanger public safety.
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On Oct. 28, 2013, a sport utility vehicle plowed into a crowd of tourists and Chinese citizens in Tiananmen Square. Three people inside the vehicle and two tourists struck by it were killed before the vehicle burst into flames under a portrait of the founder of modern China, Mao Zedong.
Two other people were also sentenced as result of the incident. Xinhua reports that a person named Gulnar Tuhtiniyaz was sentenced to life in prison for participating in a terrorist group. Another individual named Bujanat Abdukadir was given a sentence of twenty years for endangering public safety.
Terrorist incidents in China have been on the increase since the October attack for which these people were sentenced.
There have been a number of incidents where groups of people armed with knives storm through train stations and other public spaces. They slash about wildly, killing as many people as they can.
Some of these attacks end in terror, like the Kunming stabbing that saw nearly 30 people die and more than 100 injured.
One of these attacks ended because of the bravery of common people like Shan Wenbo, a migrant worker who saved many lives by using a long pole to confront an attacker armed with a knife until security personnel could arrive.
More often than not however, these incidents end in a hail of gunfire.
The most devastating attack to have occurred since the outbreak of violence started in October took place May 22. A bomb exploded in an open market in Urumqi, killing 39 and injuring nearly 100 more.