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Attacked China market under tight security as shoppers return

Published on May 23, 2014 6:19 PM

URUMQI, China (AFP) - The scene of a market attack in the Muslim Uighur homeland of Xinjiang was under tight security on Friday, after China's leader vowed to smash the "terrorists" responsible for the deaths of 31 people.

Washington condemned the "horrific terrorist attack" and UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said there was "no justification for the killing of civilians".

Assailants in two vehicles ploughed into shoppers and traders and threw explosives at a street market in Urumqi, the capital of the volatile region, on Thursday, authorities say.

They described the devastating attack as the latest "severe terrorist incident" to hit the far western region, home to China's mainly Muslim Uighur minority.

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