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Spokesperson's remarks on the Death of Hasan Mahsum, Head of the " East Turkistan Islamic Movement"

On Oct. 24, when answering a question about the killing of Hasan Mahsum, head of the terrorist group "East Turkistan Islamic Movement"(ETIM), Spokesperson Liu Jianchao confirmed that Hasan Mahsum, head of the terrorist group ETIM , was shot dead  by the Pakistani army on Oct. 2 in a joint anti-terrorism raid along the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Hasan Mahsum, also named Abdu Mohammad, male, a Uygur, was  born in 1964 in the Shu Le County in Kashgar region in Xinjiang. Hasan Mahsum was  arrested in October 1993 by the Chinese police for terrorist activities and  was sentenced three years of re-education through labour.  He fled overseas in 1997 and since then he had been  training terrorists in terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. Hasan Mahsum plotted a series of violent terrorist activities in recent years, including robbery and murder in Xinjiang's capital city of Urumqi on Feb. 4, 1999 and violent murders in Xinjiang's Hotan region on Dec.14,1999, causing heavy loss of lives and property.

Liu said that Mahsum's death was a result of international anti-terrorism cooperation and the Chinese Government will continue to work with the international community to fight terrorism.

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