Agencies in Beijing and Laura Zhou
South China Morning Post
December 30, 2013

Police in the far western region of Xinjiang shot dead eight people during a “terrorist attack” yesterday morning, the regional government said, the second outbreak of violent unrest this month in a region that has a substantial ethnic Uygur population.

The attack occurred in Yarkand county close to the Silk Road city of Kashgar in the autonomous region’s far south, the Xinjiang government said in a brief statement.

“At around 6.30am, nine thugs carrying knives attacked a police station in Kashgar’s Yarkand county, throwing explosive devices and setting police cars on fire,” the statement said. “The police took decisive measures, shooting dead eight and capturing one.”

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