China: Unheard of ‘Turkestan Islamic Party’ claims recent bombings

Global Voices OlympicsDo not confuse the unknown Turkestan Islamic Party with the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, writes the New Dominion blogger in their detailed post today on the news today of a Commander Seyfullah reportedly taking responsibility for recent bombing incidents in China and the video accompanying the claims (update: someone mentions that the fact that a threat is made in the video against next month's Olympics is presumably also worth noting):

Yet even with what little information we have, there are a number of eyebrow-raising points to consider…

First, why the delay? Why would such an organization carry out these attacks only wait until now to claim ownership of the violence?

Why would China remain silent on such issues even if they had the slightest inkling that East Turkestan terrorists were responsible for the acts? There’s a trend among the government to exploit every opportunity to justify increased Olympics security and crackdowns in restive minority areas, as evidenced by the glowing report released recently on “busting up terrorist cells”, as well as the intense domestic press coverage of incidents with really spurious, if not entirely fabricated links to religious terrorism.

Here's the video in which the threat to the Olympic Games is made, found via CyberHawk on the LibertyTimes blog:

YouTube user serindia posts in the comments what appears to be a translation of what's said in the video that also appears on the IntelCenter website:

恐怖份子Turkistan Islamic Party Commander Seyfullah: “Our damullah, Abdul Heq, made his final order to the [person] responsible for the military regarding the issue of severely attacking all central cities in inner China, particularly focusing on eight cities that are going to hold Olympic games. … ask our merciful Allah to allow these brothers and sisters [suicide bombers] to deal a fatal blow in this jihad against Chinese & we ask our merciful Allah to completely stop Olympic Games. … Bomb Chinese government buildings, military barracks, airplanes, airports, railways, hotels, entertainment venues, tourist spots and similar places…You're even permitted to use biological weapons this time.”

Update 2:
Kenneth Tan at Shanghaiist and Kai Pan at CNReviews have also posted on this.


  • timur

    Bus and suicide bombing are out of fashion now, if they want that land to be independent they should seek other way, instead of copying other radical muslim’s activities. And this video would only make chinese government send more troops to that region, and control even harder then before, which means less human (minority) rights, less job, less money for common minorities who are trying to live a normal life. Besides uygur (main minority 8 million), there are other minorities such as uzbek, kazakh, kirkiz,&tajik who are also going to be categorized as dangerous terrorist. The whole thing is so stupid.

  • Ben

    All terrorists be damned! But wait…were Red Guards, Gang of Four (or Five including Mao), etc. terrorists also? Need help here, I’m confused.

  • […] Kennedy at Global Voices Online also posted on this and highlighted the fact that the Turkestan Islamic Party may not actually be […]

Join the conversation

Authors, please log in »


  • All comments are reviewed by a moderator. Do not submit your comment more than once or it may be identified as spam.
  • Please treat others with respect. Comments containing hate speech, obscenity, and personal attacks will not be approved.