Up to 23 dead in Xinjiang clash: Reports
BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese policeman was killed in an "anti-terrorism" operation in the restive region of Xinjiang, state media reported on Thursday - an incident last week in which overseas reports said 22 Uighurs were shot dead.
The Global Times said the policeman "died in action against a violent terrorist group".
Xinjiang, a vast and sparsely populated region in China's far west, is prone to sporadic outbreaks of violence. Its population is 46 percent Uighur - most of them Muslim - with 39 percent Han, China's ethnic majority, who largely dominate the economy.
Uighur organisations accuse Beijing of suppressing their language, culture and religion, while China says development of the resource-rich region has raised living standards.