China jails 39 in restive western region for viewing and sharing materials linked to terrorism

Local judicial authorities in China's restive far western region say dozens of people have been jailed in a special operative to curb the spread of audios and videos inciting terrorism.

The Xinjiang Supreme Court said Wednesday that 39 people were sentenced to prison after being convicted of crimes including organizing and leading terrorist groups, inciting ethnic hatred, ethnic discrimination and illegal manufacturing of guns.

The Xinjiang region, home to the Turkish-speaking Muslim minority of Uighurs (pronounced WEE'-gurs), has seen a surge in violence protesting Beijing's rule. Most recently, assailants targeted civilians in a suicide attack outside a train station in the regional capital of Urumqi, killing three people, including two suspected attackers.

Beijing blames the violence on secession-seeking terrorists and has vowed a severe crackdown.