32 terror groups busted in Xinjiang

Paramilitary policemen stand guard near the exit of the South Railway Station, where three people were killed and 79 wounded in a bomb and knife attack on Wednesday, in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous region, May 1, 2014.

URUMQI, China - A total of 32 terror groups were busted, 380 suspects seized and 315 people sentenced one month after a massive anti-terror crackdown was launched in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, said local authorities on Monday.

China launched a year-long campaign against terrorism, with Xinjiang in the centre, after a terrorist attack on May 22 in an open market in the regional capital Urumqi.

The attack, the deadliest in recent years in the region, killed 39 innocent people and injured 94 others.

Residents have been mobilized to contribute to the campaign by reporting any suspected terrorist activities.

Last week, thirteen people were executed for being involved in seven cases.

They were convicted of organising, leading and participating in terrorist groups, murder, arson, theft, and illegal manufacture, storage and transportation of explosives, according to local courts in prefectures of Aksu, Turpan and Hotan.