28 Feb '12, 4pm

Riots in China's Xinjiang kill at least 12

Riots in China's Xinjiang kill at least 12

BEIJING: Riots in the volatile Chinese region of Xinjiang left at least 12 people dead on Tuesday, state news agency Xinhua reported, in the latest unrest to rock the country's remote northwest. The news agency said that "rioters" killed at least 10 people, and police then shot dead two of those involved in the violence in Yecheng county, Kashgar prefecture. Xinhua said that "violent mobs" launched attacks at around 6:00 pm (1000 GMT) and police were now in pursuit of those involved in the violence. The information could not be immediately independently verified. Xinjiang - a vast region in China's northwest that is home to around nine million mostly Muslim Uighurs who complain of oppression under Chinese rule - has been hit by sporadic bouts of violent unrest in the past few years. Xinjiang authorities said last month they plan to recruit 8,000 extra police officers, as C...

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