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Uighur group says nearly 100 casualties in Xinjiang clash

Published on Jul 30, 2014 1:44 PM
Fully armed Chinese paramilitary police officers stand guard along a street in Urumqi, the capital of far-west China's Muslim Uighur homeland of Xinjiang, on May 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - A clash in China's far western region of Xinjiang, home to the country's mostly Muslim Uighur minority, left nearly 100 people dead and wounded, an exile group said Wednesday.

Chinese state media reported late Tuesday that dozens of civilians and assailants were killed and injured in what it described as a "terrorist attack" in the region, saying a gang armed with knives and axes had attacked a police station and government offices, before moving on to a township.

"Police officers at the scene shot dead dozens of members of the mob," the official news agency Xinhua said of the violence, said to have occurred early Monday.

Xinhua did not give a precise breakdown of the casualties, and information in Xinjiang is often difficult to verify independently.

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