Knife-wielding Uighur nationalists are suspected in a grisly dawn attack that left twenty-six police and civilians butchered in a township in northwestern China earlier this week. Police responded (too late, apparently) with gunfire, and ten attackers were added to the butcher’s bill before it was all over.
Knife-wielding assailants killed nine policemen and 17 civilians in a bloody attack that only ended after 10 attackers were shot dead in western China early Wednesday.
At least three people were also injured during the early morning assault on the Lukqun Township in Xinjiang province, Chinese state media agency Xinhua reported.
If confirmed, it would be one of the bloodiest incidents in Xinjiang since nearly 200 people were killed in the regional capital, Urumqi, in 2009.
The region, which borders Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been the scene of numerous violent incidents in recent years amid tensions between the large population of Muslim Uighurs and the ruling Han ethnic group.
This is the second mass knife attack in recent months in Xinjiang. In March a similar attack killed four and wounded eight more in the oil city of Korla.