Monday, November 18, 2013

Deadly Attack Against Chinese Police Station

France 24 reports:

At least nine attackers stormed a police station in China's restive Xinjiang province wielding axes and knives on Saturday, killing two police officers before being shot dead, state media reported Sunday.

The assault took place at about 5:30 pm (0930 GMT) on Saturday in the Serikbuya Township of Bachu County in Kashgar Prefecture, the official Xinhua news agency said, quoting local police.

Xinhua said the attackers were armed with knives and axes and that two other police officers were also injured, apart from the two auxilary officers who died. The agency gave no further details.

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

He said in an email that besides the deaths, "several tens" of Uighur demonstrators were arrested.
Although China blames "Uighur separatists backed by the violent Islamist militant East Turkestan Islamic Movement," the article indicates outside experts doubt the assertion given the amateur style of the attacks. Islamic terrorists haven't been too interested in China--this appears to be a homegrown movement.

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