Deadly Chinese retaliation

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Deadly Chinese retaliation

China executed 16 people in its restive north-western Muslim region of Xinjiang for murder and robbery during a wave of anti-Chinese violence last year, a court official said.

In Almaty, in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan, a spokesman for a Muslim exile movement said China had executed 13 Uighur separatists but vowed that their fight for an independent "East Turkestan" would go on. The Chinese said death-row convicts included a gang who killed and robbed to "fan ethnic hatred and create an atmosphere of terror".

- Reuters, Peking