Three people were killed, including the assailants, and 79
wounded in a bomb and knife attack on April 30 at a station in
Urumqi, the capital of China's far-west Xinjiang region, as
President Xi Jinping was wrapping up a visit to the area.
Global Times said police caught seven people at a farm in
Changji city and identified them as including two brothers, a
cousin and wife of one of the assailants who was killed. The
suspects remain under investigation, the paper said.
Xinjiang authorities earlier identified the assailant as
Sedierding Shawuti, a 39-year-old man from Xayar county in
Xinjiang's Aksu region. His name could identify him as possible
member of the Muslim Uighur minority.
The government called the attackers "terrorists", a term it uses
to describe Islamist militants and separatists in Xinjiang who
have waged a sometimes violent campaign for an independent East
Xinjiang, resource-rich and strategically located on the borders
of central Asia, has been beset by violence for years, blamed by
the government on Islamist militants and separatists.
Exiles and many rights groups say the real cause of the unrest
is China's heavy-handed policies, including curbs on Islam and
the culture and language of the Uighur people.
(Reporting by Chen Aizhu; Editing by Matt Driskill)
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