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China jails 32 people for online terror charges

Updated Thursday, July 10, 2014 | 9:18 p.m.

BEIJING (AP) — Courts in a restive region of western China have sentenced 32 people to prison, three of them for life, for downloading and spreading violent Internet content that authorities have blamed for inspiring a recent string of deadly attacks.

The region's official newspaper, the Xinjiang Daily, said that the other 29 people were handed sentences ranging from four to 15 years' imprisonment by seven courts in the region on Thursday.

The sentencing is part of efforts to scour and scrub the Internet for material promoting religious warfare or teaching bomb-making methods that Chinese authorities say have fueled recent attacks.

The attacks, which have killed dozens of people this year, prompted Beijing to launch an expansive security crackdown in the region, arresting several hundred people and sentencing scores to prison.