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Police shoot dead dozens of attackers in attack in China's Xinjiang - Xinhua

Published on Jul 29, 2014 11:23 PM
 
A policeman (R) from Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team fights with a stick against a mock attacker during a graduation performance after training as members of an anti-terrorist patrol team, in Hami, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region on June 29, 2014.  Chinese police shot dead dozens of knife-wielding attackers on July 28 after they staged assaults on two towns in the westerly Xinjiang region. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS, AFP) - Chinese police shot dead dozens of knife-wielding attackers on Monday morning after they staged assaults on two towns in the westerly Xinjiang region, the official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday, citing local police.

It said a gang armed with knives had first attacked a police station and government offices in the town of Elixku, in Shache county, and some then moved on to the nearby town of Huangdi, attacking civilians and smashing and setting fire to vehicles.

Xinjiang, home to many Turkic-speaking Uighurs, has for years been beset by violence, which the government blames on Islamist militants or separatists who it says are bent on establishing an independent state called East Turkestan.

It was not clear why the attack was only being reported on Tuesday, more than a day after it took place. 

 
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