Violence in Urumqi Hurts Bazaar Business

The Wall Street Journal, 24 May 2014 

The Grand Bazaar in Urumqi has been a tourist draw for a decade—since it opened in a new plaza meant to evoke the historic caravan-trade culture of Central Asia. But stall owners say fewer tourists are showing up to buy colorful headscarves, knives and other trinkets since a recent uptick in violent attacks in the city and elsewhere in China’s westernmost region of Xinjiang.

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China launches security crackdown in Muslim region after blasts raise concerns over terrorism

Fox News, 24 May 2014

URUMQI, China – Authorities announced a security crackdown Saturday in China’s Muslim northwest after a deadly bombing raised questions about whether tightening Beijing’s grip might be feeding anti-Chinese anger and a rise of organized terrorism.

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Suspects in China Market Attack Identified

The New York Times, 24 May 2014

BEIJING — Law enforcement officials in the western region of Xinjiang on Saturday identified five men they said were responsible for an attack on an outdoor vegetable market on Thursday that killed 43 people and injured more than 90, many of them elderly shoppers.

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Interview: China ‘Shunning Away’ from Core Problem in Xinjiang

RFA, 23 May 2014

China’s northwestern Xinjiang region was rocked by its worst violence in years on Thursday when explosions struck a morning market in the regional capital Urumqi, killing 31 and injuring 90. Authorities have ramped up security measures in Xinjiang in the wake of the violence, which came on the heels of a bomb and knife attack at an Urumqi train station last month.

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In China’s Far West, a City Struggles to Move On

The New York Times, 23 May 2014 

URUMQI, China — They were hard-core bargain hunters, gray-haired bus drivers and bureaucrats on modest pensions who woke up early to find the cheapest produce in this increasingly expensive city. For the driver of the sport utility vehicle seeking to maximize the mayhem, they were the easiest of targets.

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Chinese neighbors talk ethnicity, fear after Urumqi market attack

Los Angels Times, 23 May 2014

Kuerban Jiang was riding a bus to his job as a security guard when he noticed fellow commuters staring at him askance.

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China launches crackdown on ‘terrorist activities’ after attack

Reuters, 23 May 2014 

(Reuters) – China has launched a one-year crackdown to hunt down and punish terrorists in Xinjiang, state media said on Friday, after the deadliest attack in years in the far western region with a large Muslim Uighur minority.

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China media: Xinjiang attack

BBC News, 23 May 2014

Papers call for “unity” in China’s “fight against terrorism” after the latest violent attack in Xinjiang. Attackers in the restive region, which is home to the Muslim Uighur minority, crashed two cars into shoppers at a market on Thursday, killing 31 people.

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