Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Nigeria's Battles

Read more

DEBATE

Nigeria's Battles (part 2)

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Over 70 killed in Nigeria bus station terror attack

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Pornagraphy without borders is key benefit of EU, says French MEP

Read more

FOCUS

China trade deal: is Taiwan's identity under threat?

Read more

ENCORE!

“Booty Looting” memory and mediums

Read more

WEB NEWS

Another Google Glass wearer attacked in San Francisco

Read more

LIFESTYLES

Sustainable cuisine

Read more

DEBATE

Eastern Ukraine: the escalation (part 2)

Read more

  • Putin warns Ukraine "on brink of war" as Kiev continues "anti terror" operation

    Read more

  • Hundreds of children rescued from "sinking" ferry off South Korean coast

    Read more

  • Syria “torture” photos stun, silence UN Security Council members

    Read more

  • More than 100 schoolgirls kidnapped in northeast Nigeria

    Read more

  • 'Miracle girl' healthy after seven-organ transplant in Paris

    Read more

  • Paris police memo calling for Roma eviction ‘rectified’

    Read more

  • Burgundy digs into France's bureaucratic 'mille-feuille'

    Read more

  • French court drops ‘hate speech’ case against Bob Dylan

    Read more

  • Algeria rights crackdown slammed ahead of election

    Read more

  • Iraq closes notorious Abu Ghraib jail over security fears

    Read more

  • Berlusconi sentenced to community service for tax fraud

    Read more

  • In ‘Tom at the Farm’, Xavier Dolan blends Hitchcock and homoeroticism

    Read more

  • US to mark one year since Boston Marathon bombing

    Read more

  • Deadly fire rips through Chile’s Valparaiso for third day running

    Read more

  • India's Supreme Court establishes third gender category

    Read more

  • Bluefin-21 'mini-sub' to redeploy for Malaysian jet

    Read more

  • Paris hotel that hosted Holocaust survivors shuts for renovation

    Read more

  • Guardian, Washington Post win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

    Read more

  • French police begin mass DNA test in hunt for school rapist

    Read more

  • Americas to see 'Blood Moon' total lunar eclipse

    Read more

  • France looks to lift ailing economy with business-friendly diplomacy

    Read more

Asia-pacific

Several people killed in attack on Xinjian police station

©

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-07-18

At least one policemen, and several others were killed Monday when "several thugs" invaded and took hostages at a police station in the western Xinjiang province. Xinjiang has been beset by ethnic clashes between the Muslim Uighurs and Han Chinese.

AP - Several attackers, a policeman and a civilian were killed Monday during an attack on a police station in China’s far western Xinjiang region, state media reported.
The deaths happened after “several thugs” invaded a police station in Hotan and took hostages, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

It said other police rushed to the scene and shot dead two of the attackers. One policeman and a civilian were also killed, Xinhua said.

“Six hostages were successfully rescued,” it said.

A woman from the information office of Xinjiang Public Security Department
in Urumqi confirmed the attack, but would not give any details. As is common with Chinese officials, she refused to give her name.

Calls to the Hotan police rang unanswered.

Xinhua did not give a reason for the attack. But Xinjiang has been beset
by ethnic conflict and a sometimes-violent separatist movement by Uighurs (pronounced WEE-gurs), a largely Muslim ethnic group that sees Xinjiang as its homeland. Many Uighurs resent the Han Chinese majority as interlopers.

Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the Germany-based World Uyghur Congress, said several sources inside Xinjiang told him the violence erupted when a large group of Uighurs tried to protest in Hotan on Monday morning. A clash broke out between the demonstrators and police, he said, and police opened fire.

More than 100 Uighurs had gathered to demonstrate against alleged illegal seizures of Uighur-held land and to demand information about relatives who they said had disappeared amid a police crackdown that began after riots in the regional capital of Urumqi in 2009, Dilxat said.

Dilxat said he could not identify his sources or say where they were located in Xinjiang for fear they would face official reprisals.

The region has been especially tense since the deadly 2009 clashes erupted between predominantly Muslim Uighurs and Han Chinese migrants. Uighurs attacked Hans, overturning buses and torching shops in the regional capital of Urumqi in a riot the government says killed 197 people.

Predominantly Uighur, Hotan is an oasis town of more than 115,000 people in the southern part of Xinjiang not far from the Pakistan border.

 

Date created : 2011-07-18

  • CHINA

    Seven killed in car bomb blast in Xinjiang region

    Read more

  • CHINA

    Xinjiang region on alert for ethnic unrest anniversary

    Read more

  • CHINA

    Nine executed over ethnic Uighur unrest in Xinjiang

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)