Fresh terror attack in China kills dozens [many injured]
Lots of lives have been lost and many more people injured in a “terrorist attack” in China’s far western Xinjiang region, home to the mainly Muslim Uighur minority.
A local gang armed with knives and axes attacked a police station and government offices in Shache county, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing the local police. Dozens of Uighur and Han civilians were killed and others injured” when some moved to a nearby township, attacking civilians and smashing vehicles, according to the the report.
Police officers at the scene shot dead dozens of members of the mob.
The attack came on the eve of Muslims in China marking the Eid festival at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Dilxat Raxit, a spokesman for the exile World Uyghur Congress, an exile group, said in an e-mail that more than 20 Uighurs were shot dead by armed authorities while 10 were injured.
A total of 13 Chinese security personnel were killed and injured, he said citing what he described as a local source, and about 67 people have been arrested.