More Violence in Xinjiang Leaves 8 Dead

Chinese state media are reporting another incidence of violence in Xinjiang.

Chinese state media are reporting another incidence of violence in Xinjiang. According to reports from Xinjiang’s state-run news portal, a group attacked a police station in Yarkand county at around 6:30 am on Monday (Beijing time). The attackers, armed with knives, threw explosives and set a police car on fire. Of the nine assailants, eight were killed by police and one was taken into custody.

The original news item described the attackers as “thugs carrying knives.” However, Xinhua’s officialEnglish-language report used the word “terrorist” three times in its brief synopsis of the incident. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang also called the incident a “violent terrorist attack” and reiterated that the “Chinese government cracks down on these forces in accordance with law.” However, in response to a direct question, Qin declined to tie the incident to any specific terrorist group, rather saying that the investigation was ongoing.

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