BEIJING, May 18 (Xinhuanet) -- Police in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region say the East Turkistan Islamic Movement, also known as ETIM, was behind the fatal attack at a railway station in Urumqi in April.
Three people died in the incident, including two attackers, while 79 people were wounded.
According to the region’s public relations department, the attack was planned by ETIM member Ismail Yusup outside of China. On April 22, he ordered 10 affiliates in Xinjiang to strike.
The 10 set off explosives and slashed people with knives at the exit of the South Railway Station of Urumqi on April 30. Two members of the group were killed in the explosions, and eight others were caught by police.
Investigations show that the main attackers became involved in Islamic extremism in 2005. The mastermind Ismail Yusup fled abroad after becoming wanted by police for making explosives. He then joined the ETIM in 2013. Police are hunting for Ismail Yusup in cooperation with the International Criminal Police Organization.