Nine shot dead in East Turkestan police station attack

Chinese state media says nine attackers were shot dead in the incident on Saturday afternoon. Two police officers were also killed.

Nine shot dead in East Turkestan police station attack

World Bulletin/News Desk

Eleven people were killed and two injured in China's troubled far-west region of Xinjiang (East Turkestan) when a group of people attacked a police station on Saturday, state media reported on Sunday.

"Nine mobs holding knives and axes attacked a police station at Bachu county, killing two auxiliary policemen and injuring another two policemen," according to a report on xinhuanet.com, which cited a web report from the Xinjiang government.

"The nine mobs were gunned down on the site and local social orders restored to normal," said the report, which identified one of the attackers with an apparent Uighur name.

Uighurs call Xinjiang East Turkestan, Bachu county’s Serikbuya township is near the historic city of Kashgar.

No further information was given about the attack. The Chinese government has been blaming recent attacks on "terrorists" from the Xinjiang Uighurs ethnic group.

But Dilxat Raxit, a spokesman for the World Uighur Congress, a Munich-based advocacy group, said the Uighurs were protesting on Sunday and that armed Chinese personnel were to blame for the violence.

Raxit said the last violence occurred after the police used electric rods to beat Uighurs, who went to protest at the police station, and then shot a protester dead.

"China's so-called judicial reform is leading to local armed staff using excessive violence to repress Uighur protesters," he said in an email. He did not say what the protest was about.

He said that besides the deaths, "several tens" of Uighur demonstrators were arrested.

"I again call on international society to take emergency measures to stop the Chinese government from directly opening fire to suppress Uighur protesters and depriving them of using legal appeals and defending their rights," he added.

Activists say despair over economic and social discrimination as well as cultural and religious restrictions are fueling anger among Uighurs.

Many of the Turkic-speaking Uighurs chafe at Beijing's restrictions on their culture, language and religion.

Last Mod: 17 Kasım 2013, 11:48
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