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Police say terrorist ring uncovered in eastern China

July 24, 2015

BEIJING (AP) — Two men were arrested and explosives and other weapons seized in a series of raids in eastern China on Friday in what police described as a terrorist ring.

The police department in the city of Wenzhou said on its microblog that officers made a series of coordinated actions at 5 a.m., and that knives and other weapons were seized together with five homemade bombs.

The two suspects in custody were not further described, although China frequently uses the term terrorist to refer to radicals among minority ethnic groups fighting Chinese rule in their traditional homelands.

Recent years have seen a series of deadly attacks by members of the Uighur minority apparently inspired by Muslim extremism and whom the government says receive training and inspiration from abroad.

China has also applied the term terrorist to supporters of Tibetan independence, although there has been little violence in the Himalayan region since 2008 riots in the regional capital of Lhasa.

Despite that, the threat of anti-government violence in Tibet and in the Uighur homeland of Xinjiang has prompted a smothering security presence blamed for fueling resentment against the authorities.

Friday’s raids came as the national legislature considers new anti-terror legislation that foreign businesses and privacy activists fear could lead to overly intrusive measures and the loss of intellectual property.

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