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7 dead, 28 injured in ethnic violence in north-west China

Other News Materials 31 July 2011 08:57
Seven people were killed and 28 injured when two knife-wielding assailants attacked a crowd in the restive Xinjiang region of north-west China
7 dead, 28 injured in ethnic violence in north-west China

Seven people were killed and 28 injured when two knife-wielding assailants attacked a crowd in the restive Xinjiang region of north-west China, dpa reported according to official media.

The two attackers hijacked a truck at a red light in Kashgar City, killed its driver, and then drove it into a crowd of people at around 11:45 pm Saturday, Xinhua news agency said.

Two explosions occurred in the area about an hour before, it said.

Ethnic tensions run high in Xinjiang and have increasingly turned violent. Uighurs, a Muslim ethnic minority, typically resent Chinese rule of Xinjiang. Earlier this month, more than 20 people were killed in a clash with police in the remote city of Hotan.

In July 2009, ethnic violence in the regional capital Urumqi left about 200 people dead.

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