Eight described ‘terrorists’ were shot down by police and three more killed by their own suicide bomb in another attack out of Xinjiang on Friday afternoon, state media reported.
China.org reports that a group of assailants riding motorbikes and cars launched an attack on police who were on a routine patrol outside of a park in the Wushi county in the Aksu prefecture around 4 p.m.
Police said in reports that the assailants were carrying gas cylinders in their car and attempted detonate them, killing three in the process. Eight of the machete-wielding assailants were shot dead at the scene, and one was caught, according to a report by the Tianshan.
The Associated Press reports that two bystanders and two police officers were injured during the attack while five police patrol vehicles, including the military police jeep and troop transporter pictured above, were damaged.
Late January, Asku was also the site of an attack that left 12 people dead after a series of explosions went off in Xinhe. Six people were shot dead by police and six others committed suicide by detonating explosives.
The reports follow a string of attacks carried out in Xinjiang in recent months rising from a state of social unrest in the sprawling region.