Fifteen people have been killed and 14 others wounded in a “terrorist attack” in China’s mostly Muslim Xinjiang region, Chinese state sources reported yesterday.
Xinhua reported that men armed with knives threw explosive devices and attacked crowds on a commercial street on Friday, at around 1.30pm. Eleven of the attackers were killed by police who were patrolling in the area. Explosives, knives and axes were seized at the scene.
Police officers then killed dozens of attackers “who were attacking civilians and vehicles”, state media reported. The wounded were evacuated and taken to hospital.
Violent clashes also took place in Shache, 200km away from the regional capital of Kashgar, in July.
Such claims of apparent “terrorist attacks” in the region of Xinjiang have been treated with suspicion by international observers. A severe crackdown on so-called “terrorists” in recent months has led to dozens of executions and hundreds of arrrests.
This attack comes just a few days after seven students of prominent Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti have been slapped with the same charges given to Tohti. Tohti, a respected economist who is considered a moderate voice, was sentenced to a life in prison for separatism in September.