“The United States resolutely opposes all forms of terrorism,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement released Thursday in reaction to the attack, which killed 31 people and injured 90. A number of explosions rocked a marketplace in Urumqi, a city with a population of roughly 3 million people.
“The statement speaks for itself,” a spokeswoman told IBT.
“The international community has been slow to treat Uighur violence as terrorism; they have shied away from using the term. Typically, what you will hear out of the White House is words like condolences or tragedy, but not terrorism,” Max Abrahams, a professor of political science at Northeastern University in Boston, told IBT. “It is an important step for Washington to recognize the attack as terrorism.”