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China to spend extra $10 billion in restive Xinjiang this year

BEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese government will pump 61.66 billion yuan ($10.17 billion) in extra funds into the restive far western region of Xinjiang this year to improve housing and employment, state media said on Wednesday. Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur people and strategically located on the borders of central Asia, has been beset by violence for years, blamed by the government on Islamist militants and separatists who want to establish an independent state called East Turkestan.

China police blame terrorists for Xinjiang violence

Chinese police said 12 people killed in Xinjiang last week were carrying out "terrorist attacks", after the latest unrest to hit the restive region, state media reported Monday. An overseas rights group, meanwhile, pointed to China's "systematic repression" of the mostly Muslim Uighur minority as the trigger for violence. Six people died in explosions -- including blasts in a hairdressing salon and market -- while another six were shot dead by police in Xinhe in Aksu prefecture in China's far west on Friday.

China police blame terrorists for Xinjiang violence

Chinese police said "terrorist attacks" were responsible for the latest wave of violence to hit the restive Xinjiang region in which 12 people were killed, state media reported Monday. Six people died in explosions -- including blasts in a hairdressing salon and market -- while another six were shot dead by police in Xinhe in Aksu prefecture in China's far west on Friday. A police investigation has shown the explosions were "organized, premeditated terrorist attacks," the official Xinhua news agency said, as authorities revealed new details of the incident.

12 dead as violence hits China's Xinjiang

Six people died in explosions and another six were shot dead by police in China's Xinjiang, authorities said Saturday, in the latest wave of violence to hit the restive region. The violence in Xinhe in Aksu prefecture in China's far west appears to be linked to triple explosions that rocked the same area on Friday evening, which authorities said resulted in three deaths. It is unclear if the three deaths reported Friday are included in the latest tally of 12 fatalities.

Triple explosions in China's Xinjiang kill 3

Three people were killed and two injured in three explosions in China's Xinjiang, authorities said Friday, in what appears to be the latest incident of unrest in the restive region. Two explosions occurred "in a hairdressers and a market", which resulted in one dead, before two people died when a car "self-exploded" as police were surrounding it, according to the Tianshan web portal, a local Government mouthpiece in Xinjiang. nc/jta

Triple explosions in China's Xinjiang kill three

Triple explosions in China's Xinjiang have killed three people and wounded two others, authorities said Friday, in what appears to be the latest incident of unrest in the largely Muslim region. One person was killed after two blasts in a hairdressing salon and market, while two others died inside a car which "self exploded" when surrounded by police, said the Tianshan web portal, a local government-run mouthpiece.

Eight police station 'attackers' shot dead in China's Xinjiang

Eight "attackers" armed with knives and explosives were killed Monday during an assault on a police station in China's Xinjiang, according to authorities who have blamed "terrorists" for a string of deadly incidents in the largely Muslim region. One of the attackers was held in the clash in Shache county, according to the official website of the government of Xinjiang, where mainly Muslim Uighurs are the largest ethnic group. The website made no mention of any police casualties and said officials were conducting an investigation.

Eight 'attackers' shot dead at Xinjiang police station

Eight "attackers" armed with knives and explosives were shot dead Monday during an assault on a police station in the restive Chinese region of Xinjiang, authorities said. One of the attackers was held in the incident in Shache county, according to the official website of the government of Xinjiang, where mainly Muslim Uighurs are the largest ethnic group. kgo/slb/pj

Clash in China's Xinjiang kills 16

Sixteen people were killed in a clash in China's restive Xinjiang region, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority, reports and activists said Monday, less than two months after a fiery attack in Tiananmen Square. Police attempting to detain criminal suspects in Shufu county near the Silk Road city of Kashgar, deep in far western China, were attacked by several "thugs" armed with explosive devices and knives, reported the tianshannet news portal, which is run by the Xinjiang government. Two police officers were killed and 14 of the "thugs" shot dead on Sunday, it said.

16 Dead in clash in western China

Beijing, Dec 16 (EFE).- Sixteen people died in an armed clash in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang, where the conflict between the communist regime and local minorities such as the Uyghurs has been building over the past four years. Assailants armed with machetes and explosives set up an ambush for police officers on Sunday night in Shufu, near the city of Kashgar, Chinese government Web site Tianshan News said. Police were in the area to make several arrests when the clash erupted, the site said.
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