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Kyrgyz Border Guards Say China Tightening Security

(RFE/RL) January 11, 2007 -- Kyrgyzstan's border-guard service says China has tightened security along its borders with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in recent days, following a raid on alleged terrorists in China's western Xinjiang region.

Chinese authorities said they were targeting terrorists at a training camp of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, which seeks independence for ethnic Uyghurs in western China.

Eighteen people were killed and 17 detained in the operation, which a statement from the Kyrgyz border guards said took place between January 4-8.

Chinese authorities said a large amount of weapons were seized during the operation, which was carried out in the Tashkorgon region of Xinjiang.

(Interfax, AFP)

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