21 killed in bomb attacks in Xinjiang
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Beijing, Apr 24: At least 21 people, including community workers and police officers, were killed in China's volatile Xinjiang province in a series of "terrorist bomb attacks," officials said today.
Confirming reports of incidents of "terrorist violence" which took place yesterday in Bachu county near Kashgar city in the Xinjiang province, Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying in media briefing here today said that 21 persons were killed.
She said the area witnessed a series of bomb attacks in which 21 people were killed including six suspects who were shot dead by police.
Eight suspects have been arrested.
State-run Xinhua news agency said that the dead included 15 community workers and police officers. This is the first major attack here since the new leadership headed by President Xi Jinping took over power last month.
The trouble began when three community workers found suspicious individuals and knives in the home of a local resident. They then reported the matter to their supervisors over phone, but were taken as hostage by the suspects who had been hiding in the house, the Xinhua report said.
The police officers and community officials who rushed to the scene were attacked and killed. The three community workers who had been taken captive were also killed and their house burnt. Police reinforcements which then arrived there shot at the suspects and brought the situation under control.
Besides the six suspects, the dead included ten Han Chinese, two Uygur Muslims and three Chinese Mongolians, the spokesperson said.
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST
- MORE FROM WORLD
Only 663 Beneficiaries Since 2011, HE Dept To Seek Extension
Srinagar, Apr 24: The special scholarship scheme for the students hailing from Jammu and Kashmir announced by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has proved to be a damp-squib. The dismal More
- Srinagar City
3 years on, Govt discovers City centre chocking; starts demolition of park
Srinagar, Apr 24: What started amid hype as “revival of lost glory” by the ruling coalition –the Lal Chowk Beautification –has proved wastage of Rs two odd crores with state government finally discovering More
Jammu, Apr 24: Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday approved an action plan worth Rs 15.36 crore under the 13th Financial Commission to bring down the child mortality rate in the state. The plan More
- South Asia
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Islamabad, Apr 24: A powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake today shook the Pakistani capital and many northern parts of the country though there were no immediate reports of casualties, officials said.  More
Dhaka, Apr 24: Over 100 people were killed and 800 others injured today when an eight-storey commercial building that housed several garment factories and thousands of workers collapsed on the outskirts More
Survey depicts Kashmiris are gradually losing their mother tongue
ARIF SHAFI WANI
Mother tongue is considered to be the essence and identity of a nation and its citizens. Irrespective of different places of their birth, religion and cultural moorings, children learn their mother tongue More