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1st LD: 37 civilians killed, 13 injured in Xinjiang terror attack


URUMQI, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- A total of 37 civilians were killed and another 13 injured in a terrorist attack Monday in Shache County, Kashgar Prefecture, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, authorities said Sunday.

Police gunned down 59 terrorists and arrested 215 others, the regional government said after a meeting Saturday presided by Zhang Chunxian, secretary of the regional committee of the Communist Party of China.

The case was first reported Tuesday, but no figures were given except that dozens of people died.

Among the dead were 35 Hans and two Uygurs, the government said.

Thirty one vehicles were smashed in the violent attack.

Police confiscated long knives, axes as well as the terrorists' banners that hailed "holy war."

A gang armed with knives and axes attacked a police station and government offices in Elixku Township early Monday morning, and some moved on to the nearby Huangdi Township, attacking civilians and smashing vehicles as they passed.

Investigations showed that it was an "organized and premeditated" terror attack in connection with the terrorist group East Turkestan Islamic Movement, the government said.

Shache witnessed another terror attack on December 30, 2013 when nine knife-wielding terrorists attacked a police station. They threw explosives and set police cars on fire. Police shot dead eight terrorists.

On May 22, an attack on a market in Urumqi, the regional capital, left 31 dead and 94 injured.