At least 18 dead in Ramadan attack on police checkpoint in Xinjiang: Report

(From Radio Free Asia)

At least 18 people are dead following a knife and bomb attack by a group of ethnic Uyghurs on a police traffic checkpoint in northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang region, sources said Tuesday, amid harsh restrictions on observance of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

One source said the incident, which occurred Monday in the Tahtakoruk district of southwestern Xinjiang’s Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) city, left as many as 28 people dead, several of whom were bystanders.

Chinese police officers and paramilitary policemen patrol a street in Kashgar city, northwest Chinas Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, 23 July 2014.

Chinese police officers and paramilitary policemen patrol a street in Kashgar city, northwest Chinas Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, 23 July 2014.

The attack began when a car sped through a traffic checkpoint without stopping, Turghun Memet, an officer with the nearby Heyhag district police station told RFA’s Uyghur Service.

“When one of the policemen at the checkpoint ran out of the booth, the car backed up, hitting him and breaking his leg,” Memet said.

“Two other suspects then rushed out of the car, using knives to attack and kill two police officers who had come to rescue their comrade,” he said. Read more



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