Court Hands Death Sentence to Three for Beijing’s Tiananmen Square Attack

Beijing, June 16 (QNA) – A court in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Monday sentenced three accused to death and sent five others to jail in its verdict over a terror attack near Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in October 2013.

Urumqi Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Husanjan Wuxur, Yusup Umarniyaz and Yusup Ahmat to death after convicting them of organizing and leading a terrorist group and endangering public security, a Xinhua report said today.

Gulnar Tuhtiniyaz and Bujanat Abdukadir were sentenced to life in jail and 20 years in prison respectively for participating in a terrorist group and endangering public security.

Three others, Tohti Mehmat, Tursunjan Abliz and Abla Niyaz, were given jail terms of ten to five years for participating in a terrorist group, said the court.

According to the court, defendants Wuxur, Umarniyaz, Ahmat and Usmen Hasan began to recruit members in 2011 to carry out terrorist activities and formed a terrorist group.

In that incident, a Chinese visitor and a tourist from the Philippines were killed and 40 people injured when a car ploughed into a crowd of people near the northern edge of Tian’anmen. Three people in the car, including the driver, also died in the incident. (QNA)

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