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Chinese Islamic group issues new Olympic threat

Chinese Islamic group issues new Olympic threat

Author: Associated Press
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: August 9, 2008
URL: http://www.indianexpress.com/story/346615.html

Introduction: Turkistan Islamic Party accuses China of forcing Muslims into atheism and destroying Islamic schools beside s forcing Muslim women to undergo abortion under its birth control programme

An Islamic group that has threatened to attack the Summer Games released a new video claiming the communist regime's alleged mistreatment of Muslims justifies holy war, a US group that monitors militant communications has said.

In the video, a representative of the Turkistan Islamic Party accuses China of forcing Muslims into atheism and destroying Islamic schools, according to the SITE Institute. SITE says the group issued the video on Wednesday.

The representative says China's birth control programme has forced abortions upon Muslim women. He also reiterated threats against the Olympics made in a previous video last month and urged Muslims to stay away from the games.

News of the video came just hours after US President George W Bush landed in Beijing for a three day visit to attend the games opening ceremony and some sports events.

The video was in the Turkic language of the Uighurs, a largely Muslim minority in western China with a long history of tense relations with the government.

The Turkistan Islamic Party is believed to be based across the border in Pakistan, where security experts say it has received training from al-Qaeda.

Last month, the group issued videotaped threats and claimed responsibility for a series of recent bus bombings in China. The latest video, which was apparently produced on August 1, features graphics similar to ones used earlier: "a burning Olympics logo and an explosion imposed over one of the venues."


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