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ex-muslim Ahmed
07-31-2011, 05:20 PM
China: Unrest in Kashgar, Xinjiang, leaves 15 dead


Weekend unrest in Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region, has left at least 15 people dead, state media say.
The violence began on Saturday when two men killed a truck driver, then drove his lorry into pedestrians and attacked them with knives, killing six. One of the attackers also died.
On Sunday an explosion killed three people and police shot dead "four suspects", the Xinhua agency said.
Xinjiang has a Muslim Uighur minority and has seen serious ethnic tension.
The BBC's Martin Patience in Beijing says there are reports of further clashes in the city on Sunday.
Migration dispute A local official was quoted as saying that both of Saturday's attackers were Uighurs.
According to tianshannet.com, a Xinjiang government-run website, the assailants hijacked a truck waiting at traffic lights, stabbing the driver to death before ploughing the vehicle into bystanders.
They then got out of the vehicle and started attacking people at random, the report said.
It said the crowd then turned on the men, killing one of them. The second man was captured.
State-run news agency Xinhua said the attack had been preceded by two explosions.