Lukqun, China – A gang of ten knife wielding men attacked both police and civilians in this region of rising tensions between dominant Han ethnic group and the Muslim Uighurs.
The region which borders Pakistan and Afghanistan has seen bloody attacks in recent years.
While reports are unconfirmed as to the exact death count, it is believed that 17 civilians and 9 law enforcement officers were stabbed to death by the gang.
Describing the violence as “riots,” Xinhua said that a police station, government buildings and a construction site were targeted in the attack which took place at 6 a.m. local time (6 p.m. Tuesday ET).
The killing spree ceased when police shot and killed all ten gang members. Some reports are that the gang members had been arrested by police which would make their deaths a summary execution.
However, details are sketchy in this country where freedom of the press is restricted.
A press officer at the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau, the region’s police, told The Associated Press that she had only seen news of the violence on the Internet and had no information.
Other officials at the local propaganda department and local police also said they had no details.
By some accounts, the attack was the result of rising tension from the Uighur population acting out against what they view as oppression from the Chinese government.
The attackers struck at the police station and government office buildings which lends credibility to the attack as being anti-government. For now, the official report is that the attack is being called a “riot”. Quite so, but against what was the riot? A spokesman for the Uighur community is asking foreign nations to pressure China into conceding more human rights to the Uighurs.
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