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Heavy casualties reported in Xinjiang terror attack

English.news.cn   2014-07-29 22:13:07

URUMQI, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Dozens of civilians were killed or injured in a terrorist attack early on Monday morning in Shache County, Kashgar Prefecture, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, local police said.

A gang armed with knives and axes attacked a police station and government offices in Elixku Township, and some moved on to the nearby Huangdi Township, attacking civilians and smashing vehicles as they passed. Dozens of Uygur and Han civilians were killed or injured, according to the local police.

Police officers at the scene shot dead dozens of members of the mob.

Thirty one cars were vandalized,including 6 which were set on fire.

Initial investigation showed that it was an "organized and premeditated" terror attack, according to the local police. Further investigation is underway.

Shache witnessed another terror attack on December 30, 2013 when nine terrorists attacked a police station wielding knives. They threw explosives and set police cars on fire. Police shot dead eight terrorists.

On May 22, an attack on a market in Urumqi left 31 dead and 94 injured.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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