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Urumqi violence inciter arrested

CHINA'S police have arrested a man who allegedly spread rumors that were later used by the World Uygur Congress to trigger the Urumqi violence on July 5 which left 197 people dead, police authorities said in a statement yesterday.

Kurban Khayum, an intelligence agent of the WUC, was arrested for allegedly spreading rumors by exaggerating the death toll in factory unrest involving Uygurs in Shaoguan City of the southern China's Guangdong Province in late June, the statement said.

It did not say when the 32-year-old man from Kuqa County in mid-west Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region was arrested.

In mid June, Khayum, who joined the WUC early last year, was instructed by WUC Secretary General Dolqun Isa to "gather intelligence on separatist activities in China ... to carry out activities to split China," according to the statement.

After a factory brawl between Han people and Uygurs on June 26 in Guangdong's Shaoguan City, Isa instructed WUC's intelligence agents to gather information on the unrest, which left two people dead and more than 100 injured.

But Khayum did not go to Shaoguan and made up a report saying "the factory brawl had caused the death of 17 to 18 people, including three females."

In an e-mail sent to the WUC, Khayum wrote, "a massive protest should be staged to let the world know about this bloody incident."

The statement said Khayum confessed his inaccurate reports helped trigger the July 5 Urumqi violence.


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