Deaths reported in China 'terrorist attack'

State news agency says 15 people, including 11 assailants, killed in Shache district of violence-hit western region.

    Up to 15 people have been killed in an attack in China's western Xinjiang region, according to the state news agency.

    Xinhua said besides the dead, 14 people were injured in what it said was a terrorist attack on Friday in Shache county.

    The Tianshan news portal said on Saturday that the attackers used vehicles, knives and explosives in the assault. The dead included 11 of the attackers, it said.

    The district of Shache, or Yarkand in the Uighur language, was the scene of violent clashes in July, shortly before the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

    Xinjiang is frequently hit by unrest prompted by fierce tensions between China's ethnic Han majority and the Turkic-speaking Muslim Uighurs, with authorities regularly blaming Uighur fighters for the violence.

    Some Uighurs in the region region are hostile to the Communist Part's leadership.

    They say they are victims of discrimination and left out of the benefits of development in Xinjiang, which has seen an influx of Han Chinese moving in from elsewhere in the country.

    Experts and human rights activists say that policies regarding religion and culture adopted by China stoke tensions in the region.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Trichster: A moment of childhood trauma and a minefield of scabs

    Trichster: A moment of childhood trauma and a minefield of scabs

    How an act of abuse on a Kolkata rooftop led to anxiety, triggering the hair-pulling disorder trichotillomania.

    What it means to love a dead child

    What it means to love a dead child

    You must forget all you thought you knew about grief when the landscape of your life has been demolished.

    'Butchered': The Kenyan FGM clinic serving Europeans

    'Butchered': The Kenyan FGM clinic serving Europeans

    Kenya banned FGM in 2011, but Europeans still bring their daughters to underground clinics there to be cut.