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China detains Xinjiang man over rumours on deadly July attack

Published on Aug 11, 2014 1:16 PM
 

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China has detained a man in its unruly western Xinjiang region for spreading what it said were Internet rumours about an attack in July in which nearly 100 people were killed, state media said on Monday.

Authorities have said 59 "terrorists" were gunned down by security forces in Xinjiang's Shache county and 37 civilians were killed in attacks by masked militants on July 28, one of the worst bouts of unrest in the region in years.

The official news website of the Xinjiang government said police detained a 22-year-old suspect for circumventing China's online censorship system, known as the Great Firewall, to post a fake account of the incident on overseas websites.

"So-called reports that were seriously inconsistent with the facts emerged on overseas websites, which fabricated horrifying details and deliberately incited ethnic hatred," the website, Tianshan.net, reported.

 
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