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China vows to punish those responsible for terrorist attack



by Joseph Earnest  May 22, 2014


Newscast Media BEIJINGChinese President Xi Jinping pledged to severely punish terrorists and spare no efforts in maintaining stability in response to Thursday morning's fatal explosions in Urumqi.

According to Xinhua news agency, two vehicles without license plates drove through roadside fences and plowed into people at an open air market at Gongyuanbei Street near Renmin Park at 7:50 a.m. and set off explosive devices, killing at least 31 people. More than 90 others were injured.

Xi ordered the police to step up patrols and security control over possible terrorist targets and prevent ripple effects.

He also asked local authorities to solve the case quickly, put the injured under proper care and offer condolences to families of the victims.

He urged a severe strike on violence and terrorists so as to safeguard social stability, according to Xinhua.

Meanwhile, the White House issued a statement condemning the terrorist attack:

"The United States condemns the horrific terrorist attack in Urumqi, China today.  We are aware of reports that the attack resulted in the death of 31 citizens and the injury of 90 more. This is a despicable and outrageous act of violence against innocent civilians, and the United States resolutely opposes all forms of terrorism.  We offer our condolences and sympathies to the victims, their families, and all those affected by this attack," Jay Carney, the White House Press Secretary said.  



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