police die in Xinjiang clash - August 28, 2008
Two police die in Xinjiang clash
Two policemen are reported to have been killed in
China's north-western region of Xinjiang.
Reports from the scene suggest a gunfight broke out
between police and seven militants, including one woman.
At least two policemen are in hospital.
This is the latest in a string of violent attacks in the
area, which China has blamed on separatists.
Xinjiang is home to many Muslim Uighurs, some of whom
want independence in the region they call East
In the most deadly recent attack, 16 police were killed
in Kashgar on 4 August - four days before the Olympic
Games began in Beijing.
Beijing regularly accuses Uighur extremists of seeking a
separate state, but critics say such threats are
The latest outbreak of violence is said to have happened
on Wednesday in Jiashi County, close to Kashgar.
Both Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the World Uighur
Congress based in Germany, and a local official
confirmed that two policemen had died.
Mr Raxit said witnesses had heard gunfire and people
Between two and six police officers are in hospital.
Mr Raxit said mass detentions were taking place
following the clash, and called for the international
community to stop the crackdown.
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