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Security tight in China's Urumqi after market attack

Published on May 24, 2014 1:29 PM
Armed policemen patrol a market, after attackers ploughed two vehicles into a market and threw explosives, killing at least 31 people, in Urumqi in northwest China's Xinjiang region, in Beijing on May 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

URUMQI, China (AFP) - Security was tight on Saturday in Urumqi, the capital of China's Xinjiang, two days after the volatile Muslim Uighur homeland suffered its bloodiest attack in years, leaving 43 people dead, including four assailants.

Armed paramilitary police were on patrol at many locations across the city, after attackers in two vehicles ploughed into shoppers and traders and threw explosives at a street market on Thursday.

State media said late on Friday that Xinjiang had launched a "one-year campaign against terrorist violence", as details of the suspects involved with the attack were released. Four of them died at the scene, Xinhua news agency said, while another was arrested in Bayingolin, a vast prefecture south of Urumqi.

The men "took part in a terrorist attack on Thursday that killed 39 innocent people and injured another 94," Xinhua said, making clear that the suspects were not included in the death toll figure.

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