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Thursday 17 April 2014

China replaces general in Xinjiang

A tourist takes photos of the scene where a vehicle crashed and caught fire near Tiananmen Square. A leading general has been replaced, in a move that appears to be linked to the incident.

The senior military general in the volatile Chinese region of Xinjiang has been replaced following what the government calls a terrorist strike in the heart of the capital Beijing.

The ruling Communist Party newspaper People's Daily said Peng Yong was relieved of his position on the party's regional standing committee.

While the paper did not give an explicit reason for the move, the timing appears to link it to the October 28 attack.

A a man driving an SUV accompanied by his wife and mother ploughed through crowds before crashing in front of Tiananmen Gate, killing themselves and two tourists.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which Beijing has blamed on Islamic extremists seeking independence for the Turkic Muslim Uighur minority in Xinjiang.

AP

Press Association

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