Something Happened in Kashgar

Right on the heels of the incident in Khotan, there seems to have been a pair of attacks in neighboring Kashgar, also in Xinjiang province. The details are extremely sketchy, with different media outlets relaying somewhat different stories. From CNN:

A blast in a northwest China city killed three people Sunday afternoon, state media reported. Police subsequently shot and killed four suspects and arrested four more.

Sunday’s violence in the city of Kashi in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region followed a knifing spree Saturday in the same town that killed seven people, bringing the total death toll in weekend violence to at least 14, according to Xinhua state news agency.

The province of Xinjiang has seen tension between China’s Uyghur, a Turkic ethnic population of Muslim faith, and ethnic Han Chinese, which lead to violence in 2009 that killed nearly 200 people and injured 1,800 others.

Kashi — as the city is called in Chinese — is also known as Kashgar in the Uyghur language.

Saturday’s knifing spree started when two men stabbed a truck driver, took control of the vehicle and drove into pedestrians, Xinhau reported. The men the hopped out of the truck and attacked bystanders before locals subdued them.

One suspect was killed in the fighting, the other apprehended.

Sunday’s blast injured 10 more people, according to Xinhua, citing local police. Twenty-eight people were wounded in Saturday’s stabbings.

From the Telegraph:

Three people, including one police officer, were killed when a bomb went off in Kashgar in western Xinjiang on Sunday afternoon. Four Uighur suspects were reported by China’s state media to have been shot dead by police following the blast. The previous night, eight people died in the same city after a truck was hijacked by two Uighur men and driven into a crowd of pedestrians, who were then attacked with knives by the hijackers. Uighur exiles are claiming that Kashgar is now under martial law.

Sunday’s bomb blast took place at 4.30pm local time in Kashgar’s downtown.

The government has already issued their standard statement, blaming overseas hostile forces and organizations based in Pakistan. Uyghur groups don’t seem to have issued a definitive rebuttal yet, probably still busy figuring out what really happened.

Obviously, more on this as it comes in.

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