29 Feb '12, 5am

A group of axe-wielding men attacked a market in China, leaving at least 12 people dead, police say - @AFP: A gr...

A group of axe-wielding men attacked a market in China, leaving at least 12 people dead, police say - @AFP: A gr...

BEIJING - A group of axe-wielding men attacked a market in the volatile Xinjiang region of northwest China, home to the mainly Muslim Uighur minority, leaving at least 12 people dead, police and state media said. The motive behind the attack late on Tuesday was not immediately clear, although Xinjiang has suffered repeated outbreaks of ethnic unrest in recent years that the government has routinely blamed on separatists and terrorists. Around a dozen Uighurs attacked the market in the remote town of Yecheng, killing 10 people, a police officer told AFP by telephone. Police then shot five of the attackers dead, he said. The state Xinhua news agency put the number of assailants killed at two, and said the men were armed with knives. Calls to local government offices went unanswered. The vast region, which borders Pakistan and Afghanistan, is home to around nine million Uighu...

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