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     Jul 30, '14


Dozens of Uyghurs killed in Xinjiang clashes
By Radio Free Asia

Chinese police in northwestern China?s troubled Xinjiang region have shot dead dozens of knife and axe-wielding ethnic minority Uyghur Muslims who went on a rampage, apparently angry over restrictions during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and the



cold-blooded killing of a family of five, officials said.

The riots occurred in Yarkand (in Chinese, Shache) county in Xinjiang's Kashgar prefecture during the Eid al-Fitr festival on Monday marking the end of the Ramadan fasting month.

It was one of the worst clashes in Xinjiang since bloody riots in the regional capital Urumqi in 2009 between Uyghurs and majority Han Chinese that left almost 200 people dead.

At least two sources said the death toll may have exceeded 50 but this could not be independently verified. One exile group claimed a dozen policemen were killed in the clashes. More ...

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