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Saturday, 29 November 2014
Chinese 'terrorist attack' kills at least 15

From The Telegraph

At least 15 people were killed and 14 others injured in the latest outbreak of bloodshed to hit China's violence-stricken northwest, according to state-controlled media.

Details of what official reports immediately dubbed a "terrorist attack" remained sketchy on Saturday afternoon, one day after the incident took place in Xinjiang's Yarkand county. However, Xinhua, the state news agency, claimed police had gunned down 11 "mobsters" after the group set upon civilians at around 1.30pm on Friday with knives and "explosives devices", killing four.

"A number of explosive devices, knives and axes were found at the scene," Xinhua reported. Fourteen people were injured

The killings - the second such episode to hit Yarkand county this year - come as Beijing struggles to respond to what appears to be a dramatic spike in violence linked to Xinjiang, the home of the largely Muslim Uighur ethnic minority. 

The Communist Party increasingly blames Islamic extremists for the violence but experts and activists believe it is also fuelled by Beijing's repressive and discriminatory policies towards the Uighurs and the increasing presence in Xinjiang of immigrants from China's Han majority. . . With a major anti-terror campaign underway, independent reporting from Xinjiang is now effectively impossible meaning the precise details of such attacks rarely surface. 

Posted on 11/29/2014 6:49 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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