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A court in China's far western region of Xinjiang sentenced three men to death, and handed a 25-year prison term to a fourth, after convicting them of killing 24 people in a terrorist attack, state media said on Friday.
The leader of the group, Ahmatniyaz Sidiq, was sentenced to death on Thursday for “organising, leading and participating in a terrorist organisation,” as well as murder and arson, the official Xinhua news agency said.
Sidiq led a group of 13 men in the attack on a police station, government offices and a market on June 26 in Xinjiang's Lukqun township, the agency quoted prosecutors as saying.
The group had “advocated and spread religious extremism, (and) watched violence-inciting videos from foreign terrorist organisations,” it said.
The report did not say what happened to the other nine members of the group, but an earlier Xinhua report said police shot dead 11 of the attackers.
State broadcaster China Central television said the group had 17 members. - Sapa-dpa