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Pakistan Investigates Terror Threats to China

24 November 2005

Pakistan says it is investigating a message, sent to the Chinese consulate in Karachi, which threatens terror attacks in mainland China and Hong Kong ahead of next month's World Trade Organization conference.

A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Tasnim Aslam, says the message was anonymous and the threat was not supported by evidence.

A Chinese embassy official in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, says the consulate in Karachi received a fax written in Pakistan's main Urdu language saying unidentified hotels in China and Hong Kong would be targeted.

Pakistani intelligence is investigating whether the threat is linked to a small, militant Muslim separatist group called the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, based in China's western Xinjiang province. Two years ago, Pakistani troops killed a leader of that movement in Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region during a campaign against al-Qaida-linked militants.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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