Nine assailants were shot to death on Saturday after killing two police officers during an attack on a police station in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region, according to a report by Xinhua.
Nine assailants were shot dead on Saturday after they killed two auxiliary police officers while attacking a police station in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, local police said.
The nine assailants, including one identified as Abla Ehet, wielded knives and axes when they attacked the police station in Serikbuya township of Bachu county in Kashgar prefecture at about 5:30 pm, Kashgar police said.
Two police officers were injured in the attack.
The social order has returned to normal, police said, without providing further details.
The news comes a time of heightened tension after last month’s terrorist attack at Tiananmen Square in which five Uyghurs were detained in connection with an explosion that killed two people and injured at least 40 more.
In the wake of the attack, the Uyghur community of Beijing has described harassment suffered at the hands of the police.
In a following report by SCMP, Uyghurs who were interviewed after the attack at Tiananmen Square blamed a variety of factors including cultural oppression and police abuses for influencing the suspects to commit attacks.
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