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.