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4 hurt in knife attack in a crowded chess hall in western China

Published on Jun 16, 2014 11:40 AM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Knife-wielding attackers in western China injured four people in a crowded chess hall, state television reported on Monday, as the country grapples with a wave of unrest in the region.

The attack is the latest in a string of incidents in restive Xinjiang, the traditional home of ethnic Uighurs.

China has blamed previous knife and bomb attacks on separatists who seek to establish an independent state called East Turkestan.

Four people were injured in a struggle with the attackers in Sunday's incident in the city of Hotan, but their lives were not in danger, China Central Television (CCTV) said. Two of the attackers died from serious injuries and a third was arrested.

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