Thirty-one people were killed and 94 wounded yesterday morning when explosions were set off in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region. New York Times described the scene as “the single deadliest attack here since ethnic bloodletting claimed hundreds of lives five years ago.”
In the hours unfolding after the attack, little was known about what happened, but today the picture is clearer, the New York Times has indicated:
According to witnesses and state news media reports, the vehicles crashed through metal barriers at an open-air market in the Shayibake District at 7:50 a.m., striking shoppers as the assailants lobbed explosives. Witnesses said that the vehicles appeared to have come from opposite ends of the street and that the drivers sought to kill as many people as possible, running over several victims more than once;
In response to the attack, from which no suspects have yet been identified, the Chinese government has vowed to fight the so-called terrorist groups in the region and sent armed forces to Urumqi.
— Patrick Zuo (@P_Zuo) May 23, 2014
The Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei said that the “Chinese government has confidence and the ability to fight against the terrorists”.
By Aliaume Leroy
[Image via 网易新闻]