A flamethrower was used by Chinese Special Forces to force a group of suspected Islamist militants from their hiding place and then executed them as they emerged.
Heavily-armed military personnel from nation’s elite fighting force used the flamethrower after tracking the ten terrorists to a cave in western Xinjiang.
The terror suspects, who are believed to have been Islamist militants and were part of a gang of twenty-eight the squadron arrested or killed, were hiding inside the cave in Aksu, in Sep., declining to come out.
Base on reports in China, the army tried to get the group out by using tear gas and flash grenades; however, when that was unsuccessful the flamethrower was called in.
After throwing flames in the cave, the terrorists are said to have come out running wielding knives and dashing towards the officers; however, were shot and killed.
In its account, that could not be independently confirmed, the official People’s Liberation Army Daily stated armed cops had tracked the suspected militants into the mountains “like eagles finding their prey”.
The government of China states it faces a serious threat from separatists and Islamic militants in energy-rich Xinjiang, on the border of central Asia, where many have been killed in violence in current times.
Rights groups state China has never presented compelling proof of the presence of a cohesive militant group battling the government. Most of the unrest, they claim, is because of frustration at controls on the religion and also the culture of the Muslim Uighur people who reside in Xinjiang.
Beijing strongly refutes allegations of rights abuses, although independent confirmation of the situation in Xinjiang is difficult due to tight government controls on visits by oversees reporters.
Senior Chinese authorities have increasingly stated the security problems in Xinjiang as a vital front in the worldwide fight against terrorism.
Western nations, however, have hesitant to act jointly in China’s anti-terrorism campaign there, concerned regarding being implicated in likely rights abuses.
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