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Uighurs attack police in China’s Xinjiang region, 18 dead

Suspects killed several police officers with knives and bombs after speeding through a traffic checkpoint in a car in Kashgar's Tahtakoruk district

By: Reuters | Beijing | Published: June 24, 2015 9:00 am
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At least 18 people are dead after ethnic Uighurs attacked police with knives and bombs at a traffic checkpoint in China’s western Xinjiang region, Radio Free Asia reported on Wednesday.

The attack occurred on Monday in a district of the southern city of Kashgar, where tensions between Muslim Uighurs that call the region home and the majority Han Chinese have led to bloodshed in recent years.

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Suspects killed several police officers with knives and bombs after speeding through a traffic checkpoint in a car in Kashgar’s Tahtakoruk district, US-based Radio Free Asia said, citing Turghun Memet, an officer at a nearby police station.

Armed police responded to the attack and killed 15 suspects “designated as terrorists,” Radio Free Asia cited Memet as saying.

The attack comes at the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a sensitive time in Xinjiang after an uptick in attacks over the past three years in which hundreds have died, blamed by Beijing on Islamist militants.

Repeated calls to the Xinjiang government news office were not answered. Such incidents are frequently reported in overseas media but not confirmed by the Chinese government until days later, if ever.

Exiled Uighur groups and human rights activists say repressive government policies in Xinjiang, including controls on Islam and on Uighur culture, have provoked unrest, a claim that Beijing denies.

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    akash
    Jun 24, 2015 at 10:45 am
    China should understand hurting Uighar would bring in more difficulties for them. and it should have religious tolerance.
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      Islam4foools
      Jun 24, 2015 at 9:00 am
      Jihadi terrorist indian express editors using words Uighars to avoid terms like sialmic terrorists or muslims, media is party in crime against humanity. In the war against ISIS, we must confront media(cnn usa, BBc london, AL jazeera, almost all indian channels and news papers. violence against media terrorism is the only way ahaead for hindus even for to survive.
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        MAAZ
        Jun 24, 2015 at 11:03 am
        i totally understand u r up bringing you devil worshipers
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          Indian
          Jun 24, 2015 at 9:09 am
          I happy person. china must suffer. They don't understand others pain.
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