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China sentences nine 'terrorists' to death in Xinjiang, detains 29: media

BEIJING -- China has sentenced nine people to death on terrorism-related charges in its ethnically divided western region of Xinjiang, state media said Thursday, as authorities crack down following several deadly attacks.

Multiple courts in Xinjiang sentenced 81 suspects on various terror-related charges, state-broadcaster CCTV said.

Also on Thursday, 29 people described as “terrorist suspects” were detained in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi on charges including “inciting separatism” and “gathering mobs to disturb order in a public place”, the state-run Xinjiang Net said.

The 29 cases were processed according to new rules calling on state prosecutors to complete terror-related investigations within 24 hours, the report said.

Authorities in Xinjiang last week sentenced 55 people for offences including terrorism at a mass sentencing in a stadium attended by about 7,000 people. Hundreds of others are reported to have been detained in recent weeks.

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