Chinese police kill 40 in a barrage of gunfire in Xinjiang
The Chinese state media reported on Thursday that at least 50 people, including 40 rioters, were killed in a series of explosions over the weekend in the western region of Xinjiang, in what officials claim was a severe terror attack. Six innocent civilians and four police officers were also killed in the explosions.
The regional news portal Tianshan Net claims the bombs exploded at two police stations, a produce market, and a grocery store. It said the attack killed two police officers, two police assistants and six bystanders, and that 54 others were injured. It said police took swift action and 40 assailants were either shot dead or died in explosions.
Two of the attackers were captured by the police and an investigation found that Maimaiti Tuerxun, one of the people who was fatally shot, was responsible for the attack. The official Xinhua News Agency spelled the man’s name as Mamat Tursun. Names for people from the Uighur and other ethnic groups in China are sometimes transcribed differently in English.
Violence in Xinjiang has been escalating over the last few months due to ethnic tensions between the Muslim Uighur minority group and the Han Chinese majority. The past year or two has seen the deaths of more than 300 people due to these tensions. Many Muslim Uighurs bristle under Beijing’s heavy-handed restrictions on their religious life and resent the influx of the Chinese Han majority into their homeland.
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