BBC News – Explosion hits Xinjiang capital Urumqi

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There has been an explosion in the Xinjiang capital, Urumqi, reports from China say.

The blast, which happened on Thursday morning at a market, was caused by a vehicle collision, a report from state news agency Xinhua said.

A number of people were injured and rushed to hospital, it said, with flames and smoke seen at the scene.

There are periodic outbreaks of violence in Xinjiang, which is home to the Muslim Uighur minority group.

Last month a bomb attack at a station in Urumqi killed three people and injured dozens more. China blamed the attack on Uighur separatists.

Information about incidents in the region, where ethnic tensions rumble between Uighurs and Han Chinese, is tightly controlled.

22 May 2014 | 3:18 am – Source:

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