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China executes 13 in the wake of terrorist attack

Three others were sentenced to death in the October 2013 attack in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

By Ed Adamczyk
Chinese police in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. UPI/Stephen Shaver | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/fc4f72b2689e528ddd312545d987df07/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Chinese police in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. UPI/Stephen Shaver | License Photo

URUMQI , China, June 16 (UPI) -- Thirteen people were executed Monday in Urumqi, China, site of the May 22 terrorist attack that killed 39 people and injured 94.

The state-run news agency Xinhua said those executed were convicted of "terrorist attacks and violent crimes in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region," and were involved in seven separate court cases.

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The executions took place the same day three others were sentenced to death by the Urumqi Intermediate People's Court for a terrorist attack in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in October 2013. Five people died and 38 were injured when an explosives-laden vehicle struck a crowd, in what police consider a suicide bombing.

The executions and death sentences came after stability in Xinjiang was called "controllable and guaranteed" by Shi Dagang, deputy governor of the region.

At a Beijing press conference, Shi said the area -- which is inhabited largely by Muslim Uighurs -- is safe, and incidents of violence are rare. He added public expenditures in the region to combat problems in housing, unemployment and education have increased in the past three years to 482.9 billion yuan ($78.5 billion).

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His remarks came as Urumqi prepares for a China-Eurasia Expo in September, in which events to boost investment and trade will be presented. Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Malaysia and India are among the countries expected to attend.

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