A police station in Uighur region was attacked on Monday morning, four days before the Beijing Olympics begin, killing 16 officers and wounding 12, state media reported.
"Rioters" drove two vehicles to break into the border patrol armed police division" near Kashgar and threw two grenades, Xinhua reported.
The report said the assailants drove a lorry inside the paramilitary police station before throwing two grenades.
Xinjiang is home to a large Uighur Muslim population, many of them discontent under strict Chinese rule. Some Uighur groups are campaigning for an independent homeland for their Turkic-speaking people.
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