Twelve dead in fresh violence in China's
Xinjiang province: Xinhua
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[January 25, 2014]
BEIJING (Reuters) — Chinese police
shot dead six people during a "terrorist" attack in the restive western
region of Xinjiang and six more died when explosives they were carrying
detonated, the official Xinhua news agency said.
Police came under attack on Friday by a group throwing explosive
devices in Xinhe county, Xinhua said, citing local authorities, the
latest violence to jolt the region with a large Muslim population.
"During the process of tackling a terrorist case in Xinhe county on
January 24, they were attacked by thugs who were throwing explosive
devices," Xinhua said. Five suspects were captured and one policeman
was slightly injured.
Xinjiang has been the theatre of numerous incidents of unrest in
recent years, which the government often blames on the separatist
East Turkestan Islamic Movement, though experts and rights groups
cast doubt on its existence as a cohesive group.
At least 91 people, including several policemen, have been killed in
violence in Xinjiang since last April, according to state media
Many rights groups say China has overplayed the threat posed by
activists from the large Uighur minority, Moslems who speak a Turkic
language, to justify tough controls in energy-rich Xinjiang. The
region lies on the borders of ex-Soviet Central Asia, India and
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Eleven people believed to be members of a militant group of ethnic
Uighurs were killed in Kyrgyzstan after illegally crossing into the
former Soviet republic from China, Kyrgyz border guards said on
(Reporting by Beijing Newsroom; editing by Ron Popeski)
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