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Islamic terrorists threaten Olympics in video, says US monitoring group

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Bloomberg reports that IntelCenter said the video, which is dated Aug. 1, specifically warns Muslims to avoid taking buses, trains, and planes with China's predominant Han ethnic group. Bloomberg adds that the TIP released a similar video on July 23.

News of the video comes just days after a group of extremists killed 16 Chinese police in an attack in the western city of Kashgar. During the attack Monday, two men drove a truck into the police, who were jogging, and threw explosives into a nearby police barracks. The attackers are suspected to be members of the Uighur community, western China's Islamic minority. The Uighurs, concentrated in Xinjiang Province, are generally unhappy with growing dominance of Han Chinese in Uighur areas and Beijing's restrictions on Uighur religious and social practices.

Italy's AKI reports that there may have been an attack Friday as well, this time in the city of Ili in northwest Xinjiang. AKI writes that, according to Arabic broadcaster al-Jazeera, a large explosion killed nine people, though it was unclear whether the explosion was intentional or accidental. AKI later reported that Chinese officials denied that an explosion had occurred.

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