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China says it busts 32 terror groups in restive west, nabs nearly 400 in crackdown's 1st month

Authorities say they have broken up 32 terror groups and arrested more than 380 suspects in China's west in the first month of a crackdown aimed at demonstrating the Communist Party's resolve to maintain order in a borderland by recent unrest.

Officials from the Xinjiang region told reporters Monday that security forces also seized several hundred explosive devices, a few tons of explosive material and computers and books about terrorism and religious extremism.

The crackdown follows a string of high-profile attacks on civilians since late October that have handed party leader Xi Jinping a major security challenge during his first year and a half in office.

Last month, a market bombing killed 43 people in Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi.

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