On Sunday morning, a mob of approximately 100 unidentified attackers waged havoc on the Ejina law enforcement checkpoint in a remote region in northwest Inner Mongolia. All 13 people on duty were injured in the attack.
The entire checkpoint was completely destroyed, 11 vehicles were trashed and staff members were brutally beaten. According to Xinhua, there were two checkpoint employees and 11 herdsmen on duty. They were left tied up outside in minus 20 degrees Celsius temperatures after they had beaten and robbed of their money, personal items and mobile phones.
The Global Times now reports that police have identified and detained “a number of suspects” involved in the attack.
Local deputy chief Chen Tiejun outlined in the report that the masked villains also required guards to play dead while they ransacked the place.
“It was minus 20 degrees Celsius, they assaulted the staff and discarded them out in the Gobi,” Chen said.
The attackers were reportedly armed with sticks, tear gas and mace. The whole thing latest around 2 hours.
This attack comes at a time when China is increasing its crackdown on Islamist militants in the more restive region of Xinjiang, even going so far as to use flamethrowers to hunt them down. Of course, they could also shore up their defense a bit, a nice sand wall might do the trick.
[Images via Xinhua]