01 Aug '11, 4am

Death toll rises Kashgar violence.18 dead, incl 5 terrorists "Culprits trained in overseas terrorist camps" says China

BEIJING - A CITY government said on Monday that six more civilians died and five 'terrorist' suspects were killed by police in one of China's most troubled ethnic regions, raising the death toll from weekend violence to 18. Xinhua did not give a reason for the violence, but Xinjiang has been beset by ethnic conflict and a sometimes-violent separatist movement by Uighurs, a largely Muslim ethnic group that sees Xinjiang as its homeland. Many Uighurs say they have been marginalised as more majority Han Chinese move into the region. Police killed four suspects on Sunday after 'a group of armed terrorists' stormed into a restaurant in Kashgar city centre, killing the owner and a waiter and then setting the restaurant on fire, the Kashgar city government said in two statements on its websites. They then ran out of the restaurant and stabbed civilians indiscriminately, leaving a...

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