Xinjiang-Uyghur Atonomous Region reports a terrorist incident, Feb 14, 2014

The web portal of the government of the Xinjiang-Uyghur Atonomous Region reported on Feb 14, 2014 that a terrorist incident had occurred that afternoon in Aksu Prefecture of the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region. A total of 15 people died in the "attack" with eight "terrorists" shot dead by police and three blowing themselves up after killing four people.

The official Xinhua news agency said "eight terrorists were killed by police and three by their own suicide bomb during a terrorist attack Friday afternoon." The terrorists, riding motorbikes and cars carrying LNG cylinders, approached police officers near a park in Wushi county as they prepared to go on patrol. 11 terrorists, two police and two passersby were killed, and one assailant detained. 

Aksu, in the far west of Xinjiang near the border with Kyrgyzstan, was the scene of "organised, premeditated terrorist attacks" in late January 2014, when there were triple explosions that killed at least three people. Xinhua said there were an officially recorded 190 "Terrorist attacks" in Xinjang in 2012, representing a significant increase over 2011. In October, three family members from Xinjiang died when they drove a car into crowds of tourists in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the symbolic heart of the Chinese state, killing two, before the vehicle burst into flames.



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