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Cuffed knifeman "apologises" for holy war assault in China's Xinjiang

Published on Jun 22, 2014 10:54 AM
Riot policemen lead men who are about to be executed into a police van in this still image taken from video in an unknown location in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, June 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

BEIJING (REUTERS) - One of the assailants who carried out an attack in western China that injured four people has apologised and said other members of his group had convinced him to participate in a "holy war", state media said late on Saturday.

The knife attack occurred last Sunday in a crowded chess hall in the city of Hotan in troubled Xinjiang, the traditional home of ethnic Muslim Uighurs.

Two of the attackers died from serious injuries, while the remaining one, Muer Zhati, was arrested, China Central Television (CCTV) said on Saturday.

"I just listened to them and did something like this, hacked people," Muer Zhati was shown as saying on CCTV.

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