Shouldn’t this be a bigger story with only four days to go until the Opening Ceremony?
BEIJING – Two men rammed a dump truck into a group of jogging policemen and then tossed explosives into their barracks Monday, killing 16 officers in a restive Chinese province bordering Central Asia, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.
The attack in Xinjiang province came just four days before the start of the Beijing Olympics — an event that has put security forces nationwide on alert and that at least one militant Muslim group has vowed to disrupt. Xinhua, citing local police, called it a “suspected terrorist attack.”
The attackers struck at 8 a.m., plowing into the policemen performing their morning exercises outside a hotel next to their paramilitary border patrol post in Kashgar, Xinhua said.
BEIJING, China (CNN) — Police in China have “cracked” an international terrorist group that was planning to attack Olympic venues in Shanghai, state media reported Thursday.
There were few specific details of group or what it was said to be plotting, with the Xinhua news agency quoting Chen Jiulong, the deputy Shanghai’s Public Security Bureau, saying it had acted on information.
Chinese authorities have previously announced terror crackdowns in the run-up to the Olympic Summer Games, which kick off on August 8 in host city Beijing and other venues including the eastern financial capital of Shanghai.
It said two weeks ago that it disrupted five “terrorist” groups in the predominantly Muslim Xinjiang region in China’s far west because it suspected them of plotting to attack the games.
The six-month crackdown netted 82 suspected terrorists and marked the end to the first phase of China’s Olympic Security Protection, according to Xinhua.
A Human Rights Watch analyst raised concerns that China may be using the Olympics as an excuse to crack down on dissidents.
“It’s clear that the police are simply adding cases of people who they think are engaging in activities that are critical of Chinese rule,” Nicholas Bequelin told CNN.
The government has not produced any evidence of terror plots, and nearly all of the arrests are based on the confessions — sometimes forced — of those detained, he said.
“What the government appears to be doing is to conflate terrorism with criminal acts and other cases of dissent,” he said.
Actually, what’s happened is the MSM has conflated Islamic terrorism and China’s record on human rights and censorship — and in doing so, seems to be missing what’s turning out to be a very real risk.