Thursday, August 21, 2014   

Police kill 10 in Xinjiang, violence claims 27
(06-26 13:49)

Riots in China's ethnically divided Xinjiang have left at least 27 dead in another bout of violence in the western region, according to state media which said police opened fire on “knife-wielding mobs.’’
Police opened fire on mobs attacking a police station and a local government building, Xinhua said, citing local officials. “Seventeen people had been killed... before police opened fire and shot dead 10 rioters,'' it said.
Others were injured and were taken to a local hospital, the report said.
The clashes occurred in an area about 100 kilometers from the desert city of Turpan and about 280 km from the regional capital Urumqi.
Xinjiang, a region about twice the size of Turkey, is home to 9 million members of the mostly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority, many of whom complain of religious and cultural repression by Chinese authorities. The region is regularly hit by unrest.
China reported that 21 people died in clashes between police and locals in the region in April.
   
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