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Dozens killed and injured in terror attack in China's Xinjiang: Xinhua

Published on Jul 29, 2014 10:31 PM
A Han woman walks past Uighur women in Shanghai. The traditional home of the Muslim Uighur community is China's western Xinjiang region, which for years has been beset by violence, blamed by the government on Islamist militants and separatists. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - Dozens of people were killed and injured in a “terrorist attack” in China’s far western Xinjiang region, home to the mainly Muslim Uighur minority, state media reported Tuesday.  

A knife-wielding gang attacked a police station and government offices in Shache county early Monday, the official Xinhua news agency said citing local police, and “dozens of Uighur and Han civilians were killed or injured”.  

“Police officers at the scene shot dead dozens of members of the mob,” the report added.  “Initial investigation showed that it was a premeditated terror attack,” it said.  

Beijing commonly blames separatists from Xinjiang for carrying out terror attacks which have grown in scale over the last year and spread outside the restive region.  

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