|Feature: The terrorist nature of "East Turkestan" separatists|
With explosions targeting civilians, assassinations, arson attacks, poisonings and al-Qaeda style video footages threatening dire actions, the "
The three "East Turkestan" groups -- the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), the East Turkestan Union in Europe and the East Turkestan Information Center, have proved to have close links with terrorism.
Dolqun Isa, WUC secretary general and president of the East Turkestan Union in
Holding automatic rifles, three hooded men declared they would "do whatever possible to launch an armed campaign against the Chinese government," -- reminiscent of the cold-blooded al-Qaeda killers.
Abudujelili Kalakash is the founder of the
Isa chose the WUC, while Kalakash became vice president of the World Uyghur Youth Congress. He later joined the WUC too.
The "East Turkestan" forces, under the influence of terrorism, extremism and separatism, pose a severe threat not only to
Their terrorist activities since the 1990s, including bombings, assassinations, arson attacks and poisonings, have known no boundaries.
In March 1997, "East Turkestan" terrorists opened fire on the Chinese embassy in
On March 5, 1998, they launched a bomb attack against the Chinese consulate-general in
In March 2000, Nighmet Bosakof, president of the
In May 2000, members of the Uygur Liberation Organization extorted 100,000 U.S. dollars as ransom after kidnapping a Xinjiang businessman. They murdered his nephew, and set fire to the Bishkek Market of Chinese Commodities.
On May 25, 2000, terrorists attacked a work team of the Xinjiang People's Government which was sent to
The culprits then fled to
In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in the
In 2002, the Eastern Turkestan Islamic Party (ETIP) was named a terrorist group by the UN. The Security Council said in April this year that its head Abdul Haq had links with al-Qaeda.
The U.S. Department of Treasury immediately froze his assets and prohibited any transactions with him.
"We stand together with the world in condemning this brutal terrorist and isolating him from the international financial system," a Treasury Department statement said.
The "East Turkestan" terrorists conceal their violent nature under the cover of the WUC, which has replaced the ETIP as the chief coordinator of "
However, their unlawful activities have been noted by the world community and many countries, especially those in
The heads of states of
Following the riot in
The fight against the "