China: Thirteen Dead In Police Station Attack

At least 13 people have been shot dead after drivig into a police station in China and setting off explosives, according to local media.

The assailants were shot dead during the attack in Xinjiang, a western province that has been gripped by growing unrest in recent years.

China’s official Xinhua news agency, which described the dead as “gangsters”, reported three police officers were also wounded.

“The gangsters drove a vehicle to ram the building of the public security bureau of Yecheng County in southern Xinjiang and set off explosives,” it said.

The attack comes just weeks after dozens of people were killed in an explosion at a market in Urumqi in the same region.

Xinjiang is home to China’sUighur Muslim population, who believe their freedoms, culture and religion are being eroded by authorities and are fighting for autonomy from the rest of the country.

Separatists and militants from the province have been blamed for a string of atrocities across China, including the massacre atKunmingrailway station that left 33 people dead.

Chinese authorities accuse them of having ties to Islamistterrorists abroad but there has been little evidence provided to support the claim.

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21 June 2014 | 6:48 am – Source: orange.co.uk
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