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Tiananmen Gate Attack: Three Sentenced to Death for 2013 Car Ramming

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In this file photo from October 28, 2013, police cars block off the roads leading into Tiananmen Square as smoke rises into the air after a vehicle crashed in front of Tiananmen Gate in Beijing.

By    |   Monday, 16 Jun 2014 01:57 PM

Three attackers linked to a deadly car ramming last year at the iconic Tiananmen Gate in Beijing were sentenced to death by a Chinese court on Monday.

According to NBC News, state news agency Xinhua News reported that in addition to the three, a fourth was given a life sentence.

All four were found guilty of planning and perpetrating the attack on October 28, 2013, in which they plowed an SUV through a crowded tourist area, killing two bystanders from the Philippines and southern China and three in the vehicle.

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All of the attackers were called terrorists, and linked to the East Turkestan Islamic Movement after the organization's flag was found in the vehicle. China has long had problems with separatist Muslim groups from the country's western provinces, particularly the 10 million-strong Uighur population.

The Daily Mail reported that "Uighur activists say public resentment against Beijing is fueled by an influx of settlers from China's Han ethnic majority, economic disenfranchisement and onerous restrictions on Uighur religious and cultural practices."

President Xi Jinping has blamed Muslims for a range of terrorist attacks across the country in recent months, including bomb and knife attacks in Urumqi, Xinjiang, and Guangzhou.

On Monday, The Associated Press reported via ABC News that 13 people were executed for separate terrorist crimes committed in Xinjiang that killed 34. They were convicted of crimes such as organizing, leading and participating in terrorism groups, arson, murder, burglary, and illegal manufacturing, storage and transporting of explosives.

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Three attackers linked to a deadly car ramming last year at the iconic Tiananmen Gate in Beijing were sentenced to death by a Chinese court on Monday.
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