Xinjiang raid

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Xinjiang raid
Part of Xinjiang conflict
Date January 5, 2007
Location Xinjiang, People's Republic of China
Result Chinese victory
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg People's Republic of China Flag of Jihad.svg East Turkestan Islamic Movement
Commanders and leaders
Ba Yan Unknown
Casualties and losses
1 wounded
18 KIA
17 captured

The January 2007 Xinjiang raid was carried out on January 5, 2007 by the Chinese police against a suspected East Turkestan Islamic Movement training camp in Akto County in the Pamir plateau.

A spokesperson for the Xinjiang Public Security Department said that 18 terror suspects were killed and 17 captured. The raid also resulted in the death of one Chinese paramilitary officer Huang Qiang, age 21, and the injury of another officer. Authorities confiscated hand grenades, guns, and makeshift explosives from the site.[1][2]

In reaction, many exiled Uyghur leaders quickly have questioned the motives behind the raid. Rebiya Kadeer, Uyghur human-rights activist, has called for an independent UN investigation into the raid, while Alim Seytoff, executive chairman of the World Uighur Congress, claims the Chinese government has yet to produce evidence to substantiate the camp's connections to terrorism. In response, Zhao Yongchen, vice head of the Xinjiang counterterrorism forces, reiterated the reality of the camp's terrorist threat. [1][3]

According to Rafael Poch, at the time correspondent in China for the Spanish journal La Vanguardia, the whole incident was the result of a local altercation between Uyghurs and Chinese authorities, with the privatization of a coal mine as the cause. After one policeman was killed in the riot, Chinese security forces shot dead several local Uyghurs who had sought refuge in nearby mountains, later covering up the entire event as a "counter-terrorist operation".[4]

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