Police shot and killed eight people in Kashgar, Xinjiang Autonomous Region around 6:30 this morning, reports say, during an attack involving nine knife-wielding assailants who were throwing explosive devices and set fire to a police vehicle.
The identity of the assailants has not been released, but one person has been arrested, according to media outlet Tianshan.
The news follows a string of violent attacks in the region, the most recent being a clash in Kashgar two weeks ago that left 14 Uyghurs shot dead, six women among them.
Munich-based exile World Uyghur Congress (WUC) said the stand-off underscored “indiscriminate shooting by the security forces” during one of many raids on Uyghurs who have long been subjected to discrimination and oppressive religious controls carried out by Beijing’s police force.
Previously on Shanghaiist:
Nine gunned down during attack on police station in Xinjiang Uyghur region
Five Uyghurs detained in connection with Tiananmen Square ‘terrorist attack’