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* Whenever infidels have something to celebrate, be it their religious holidays, or as in this case, the Olympic games, the Religion of Peace springs into action:
BREAKING NEWS: CHINA has cracked two terrorist groups in its heavily Muslim west that were planning attacks aimed at the Beijing Olympics, the nation’s security ministry says.
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One group was plotting to kidnap foreign journalists, tourists and athletes during the Games, Chinese police said.
“The terrorists, who numbered 45 in all, had attempted to carry out sabotage to undermine the Beijing Olympic Games,” the official Xinhua news agency quoted Public Security Ministry spokesman Wu Heping as saying today.
In one case, police in the western Xinjiang region January broke up a group “sent from abroad” by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement to stage a violent attack, it said.
Police seized a large amount of explosives, materials used in manufacturing explosive and Islamic “Jihad” training materials, according to Wu.
Wu said all the suspects involved had confessed.
Xinhua provided no details on the second case.
China maintains it faces an imminent terror threat from the independence-minded East Turkestan Islamic Movement, which is listed by the United Nations and the United States as a terrorist organisation.
Xinjiang officials had already said last month that police on January 27 smashed a terrorist group planning an attack on the Beijing Olympics and that a separate bid to blow up a Chinese airliner was foiled in March.
However, Chinese authorities had refused to publicise evidence relating to either incident, leading to questions from rights groups about whether they were fabricated to justify intensified security in the region ahead of the Olympics.
It was not immediately clear whether today’s report was referring to the previously reported incidents.
China said two terrorists were killed and 15 captured in the January 27 raid in Urumqi, but residents in the area said last week they had no recollection of any violent clash.
China has kept a tight lid on Xinjiang, whose millions of Muslims have long bridled at rule by Beijing.
Safety measures have been beefed up on Chinese air travel after the alleged plane plot, in which China says a Muslim terrorist tried to blow up a jet with soft drink cans containing petrol on a flight from Xinjiang’s c