Fifteen die in bomb and knife attacks in restive Chinese province of Xinjiang
Three people, including one police officer, were killed when a bomb went off in Kashgar in western Xinjiang on Sunday afternoon. Four Uighur suspects were reported by China’s state media to have been shot dead by police following the blast. The previous night, eight people died in the same city after a truck was hijacked by two Uighur men and driven into a crowd of pedestrians, who were then attacked with knives by the hijackers. Uighur exiles are claiming that Kashgar is now under martial law.
Sunday’s bomb blast took place at 4.30pm local time in Kashgar’s downtown.
At least three people are known to have died in the explosion, and another ten injured. Four suspects have been arrested. Saturday night’s attacks were preceded by two explosions, one in a parked minivan and one in a food market where state media said two Uighurs stole a truck waiting at traffic lights just before midnight. After killing its driver, the two men then drove the truck into a crowd of people, before jump