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Deaths in attack on market in China's Xinjiang: Xinhua

Published on May 22, 2014 10:16 AM
Chinese security personnel guarding a checkpoint along one of the highways leading into Beijing on May 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP/REUTERS) - An unknown number of people have been killed and injured in an attack on an open-air market in Urumqi, capital of the restive Chinese region of Xinjiang which is home to mostly Muslim Uighurs, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.

Two off-road vehicles ploughed into people at the market and explosives were thrown out of the cars, one of which exploded, Xinhua said citing witnesses.

Flames and heavy smoke were seen nearby while the area had been cordoned off after the blast, which took place at around 8am local time (0000 GMT), Xinhua added.

China has blamed a series of knife and bomb attacks in recent months on separatist militants from

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