Thirteen assailants were killed by officers in Xinjiang after they drove a car into a police station and set off explosions this morning, according to government officials.
The “bomb attack” occurred in Yecheng, a remote city around 150 miles from China’s border with Pakistan, when “a group of thugs drove a car into a police building,” a local government website said.
State media have described the group as “rioters”, “mobsters” and terrorists, The Telegraph points out:
The “mob” drove a vehicle into a police station and “set off bombs”, the People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s official mouthpiece, reported.
Three police officers were injured during the initial assault before armed security forces opened fire on the assailants, according to reports in China’s official media that could not be immediately verified.
This marks the latest in the series of clashes in the restive Xinjiang region, including a group attack on a police station in the Bachu county last November that left two officers and nine assailants dead.
The government has upped security in the region in recent months and Uyghur leaders deny that they are co-ordinating a terrorist campaign.