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Generally, there are suspected terror attacks planning towards to the local civilians during the torch relay in Xinjiang in June. A potential 'humanitarian disaster' may raise another negative press around the Beijing Olympics. And it's organised by the so-called East Turkestan independence movement

China 'foils Olympic terror plot' - BBC

China says it has cracked a terror plot to kidnap athletes, journalists and tourists at August's Beijing Olympics.

The security ministry said 35 arrests had been made in recent weeks and explosives seized in the north-western Xinjiang province.

It said 10 others were held when police smashed another plot based in Xinjiang back in January to disrupt the Games.

The province is home to many Muslim Uighurs, some of whom want independence in the region they call East Turkestan.

Uighur activists have accused the Chinese authorities of fabricating terror plots to crack down on the people of the region and prevent them airing legitimate grievances.

Thursday's development was announced by a Ministry of Public Security spokesman at a news conference.

Wu Heping was quoted by AFP news agency as saying: "The violent terrorist group plotted to kidnap foreign journalists, tourists and athletes during the Beijing Olympics."

'Suicide bombings'

Mr Wu said two terror rings had been smashed by the authorities and that militants had planned to launch attacks to disrupt the Olympics from next month.

In recent weeks, he said, police had seized nearly 10kg (22lb) of explosives and "jihadist" literature during raids in Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi.

He said the militants had sought volunteers to carry out suicide bombings in Urumqi and other Chinese cities.

Mr Wu also provided more details on another alleged plot, which the authorities said they had smashed last month.

He said those militants had planned to attack hotels and government offices in Beijing, Shanghai and other cities.

Poisonings and remote-control bombings were planned and 13 practice explosions had already been carried out, he said.

China said last month a plane crew had foiled a hijack attempt of a flight from Xinjiang to Beijing and two passengers had been detained.

But some observers question if China is inflating a terror threat to justify a clampdown on dissent ahead of the Olympics.

China brands the Xinjiang separatists as terrorists and has claimed more than 260 terror acts have been committed in the province over the past two decades.

Many in Xinjiang resent the recent and large-scale influx into the region of Han Chinese settlers, observers say, though there have been few reports of violence.

At the 1972 Munich Olympics, Palestinian terrorists kidnapped and killed nine Israeli athletes.

Treasury Dept. on Addition of ETIM to Terrorist List

Designation requested by Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, U.S., China

The United States welcomes the addition of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) to the United Nations list of terrorist organizations and supporters, calling it an "important step toward greater cooperation in Central Asia against common terrorist threats and the instability and horror that they sow," according to a September 12 U.S. Treasury Department press statement.

The designation was requested by the governments of Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, the United States and China, and brings to 162 the number of individuals and organizations on the UN list.

"This organization is also among the 236 individuals and entities designated under President Bush's Executive Order 13224 aimed at freezing the assets and prohibiting financial transactions with terrorists and their supporters," the Treasury Department said.

Following is the text of the press statement, which includes background information on the ETIM:

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Department of the Treasury

Washington, D.C.

September 12, 2002


Yesterday the United Nations has added to its list of terrorists and terrorist supporters associated with Usama bin Laden and his al-Qaida network the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM). We welcome this designation, which comes at the requests of the governments of Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, the United States, and China. This is an important step toward greater cooperation in Central Asia against common terrorist threats and the instability and horror that they sow. Today's action follows a series of joint actions with our allies in the war on terrorist financing, which to date has included actions with the EU, the G-7 countries, Italy, Saudi Arabia, and now Central Asia.

With the addition of this entity, the United Nation's list of terrorists and their supporters who are linked to the al-Qaida network now comprises 162 individuals and entities. This organization is also among the 236 individuals and entities designated under President Bush's Executive Order 13224 aimed at freezing the assets and prohibiting financial transactions with terrorists and their supporters.

Background Information on the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement

The Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement is an organization that includes components in Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, and the Xinjiang Province of China. The ETIM's aim is the establishment of a fundamentalist Muslim state to be called "East Turkistan." To that end, from 1990 to 2001 elements of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement have reportedly committed over 200 acts of terrorism, resulting in at least 162 deaths and over 440 injuries.

ETIM has a close financial relationship with al-Qaida and many of its members' received terrorist training in Afghanistan, financed by al-Qaida and the Taliban. A number of ETIM and ETIM-linked militants were captured in Afghanistan last fall fighting alongside al-Qaida and the Taliban. A July 2002 report from the Hong Kong press quoted captured militants as saying ETIM leaders still worked with Usama bin Laden.

ETIM also has a history of cooperation with other militant Islamic organizations in Central Asia including the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), an al-Qaida linked organization previously designated by the United States as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, under President Bush's Executive Order 13224, and included in the United Nations' list of al-Qaida linked terrorists and supporters. Indeed, according to Russian press reports in August 2000, the IMU had provided military and material assistance to ETIM in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations. A joint meeting of ETIM and IMU was later arranged with Usama bin Laden in Kandahar.

Although ETIM did not originally target U.S. nationals, there is evidence indicating that ETIM members have been taking steps to plan attacks against U.S. interests and nationals abroad, including the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. On May 22, 2002, two suspected ETIM members were deported to China from Kyrgyzstan on the grounds that they were planning terrorist attacks. The Kyrgyz government stated that the two men were planning to target embassies in Bishkek as well as trade centers and public gathering places.

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Many Uyghur organizations overseas are known to have small memberships of fewer than a dozen.

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