More bad news out of Xinjiang. Three people were killed and two were injured during a series of explosions in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on Friday evening, local authorities have said.
According to a statement made by the region’s publicity department, two explosions occurred at a hair salon and a vegetable market in Xinhe, part of the Aksu prefecture, around 6:40 p.m., killing one person and injuring another two, Xinhua reports. The area is located near the border of Kyrgyzstan.
Government-run Tianshan web portal also reported that two people died inside of a car which “self exploded” while being besieged by police.
The injured have been sent to the hospital and police have detained three people.
“The police caught three suspects and when they tried to surround a suspect vehicle, it self exploded, resulting in two deaths in the vehicle,” SCMP quoted the report as saying.
The event follows a series of violent attacks resulting from a state of social unrest in Xinjiang.
At the end of December, police shot and killed eight people in Kashgar in a “terrorist attack” involving nine knife-wielding assailants throwing explosive devices at a police vehicle. Another
About two weeks prior, another stand-off in Kashgar resulted in two police officers and 14 Uyghurs being shot dead, six women among them.
Munich-based exile World Uyghur Congress (WUC) described it as “indiscriminate shooting by the security forces” as a family prepared for a wedding.
In November, nine assailants were gunned down after killing two police officers during an attack on a police station in the area.
These recent attacks follow the arrest of five Uygurs in connection to the terrorist attack at Tiananmen Square in October in which five people were killed when a car crashed and exploded near a pedestrian walkway near the square’s gated tower.