The militant group, the Turkish Islamic Party has claimed responsibility for the recent attacks in China’s Xinjiang region. In a video statement on Tuesday, the group’s leader Sheikh Abdul Shakoor Damla blamed the Chinese government of damaging the identity of Muslims. He also warned the government of more attacks against “Chinese occupation.”
Liu Weimin, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, said on Thursday that China believes “that at present there are some East Turkestan forces, including terrorists, who aim to split China, and who continue to stir up sentiments of ethnic confrontation.”
Nearly 30 people were killed in a series of attacks in the cities of Kashgar and Hotan in Xinjiang carried out in July.