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Nine terror suspects killed in China's Xinjiang region: Xinhua

Published on Aug 2, 2014 12:13 AM

BEIJING (AFP) - The police in China's Xinjiang region shot dead nine suspected terrorists on Friday and captured one, state media said, days after one of the deadliest attacks to hit the restive area in recent months.

According to China's official Xinhua news agency, the suspects killed in Friday's showdown in Xinjiang's Hotan prefecture had been identified by police on Sunday "during the investigation of a terrorist group".

Local residents aided in tracking the suspects down, and on Friday they were discovered in a cornfield in Karakax County, the report said.

Police shot dead the nine suspects and captured one of them after chasing the group to an abandoned house, where they "resisted arrest by throwing explosives into the crowd", according to Xinhua.

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