One assailant was shot dead and another captured in Xinjiang after they attacked a police vehicle with knives and explosives, Xinhua said in a brief report.
Police were inspecting a car in the Aksu prefecture after a tip-off around 1:20 p.m. when the two suspects stormed officers with knives and threw explosives at their patrol vehicle, SCMP relays. One assailant was killed and another was captured during the attack which left one auxiliary officer wounded.
Dilxat Raxit, the spokesman for the German-based World Uyghur Congress exile group, said that the incident stemmed from police insulting the men during the vehicle inspection, Reuters reports. Authorities detained seven Uyghurs at the scene and five others who filmed the attack on their phones, the spokesman said.
The violent clash followed an apparent suicide attack involving knives and explosives last Wednesday at the main railway station in Urumqi, the regional capital of Xinjiang, that left one person dead and 79 injured. The attack was carried out by two assailants influenced by “extreme” religious thoughts, Xinhua said.
In February, eight described terrorists and were shot down by police and three more killed by their own bomb when they launched an attack on police in the Aksu prefecture.
The string of violent clashes in Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uyghur people, has been blamed by authorities on religious extremists and separatists. More than 100 people, including police officers, have been killed in attacks in Xinjiang since last April, Reuters said, citing state media reports.