Apr 24, 2013

East Turkestan: 21 People Killed In Clashes

21 people were killed in Bachu county after a policy raid in search of guns in people’s homes. Many of the victims are reported to be Uyghurs. 

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe:

Media reports say 21 people have been killed in violent clashes in China's ethnically divided western region of Xinjiang.

A local official told the AFP news agency that the violence broke out on April 23.

A report on a government-run website, Tianshan Net, said that gunfights erupted in Bachu county, in the west of the province, after police went to search the homes of people suspected of possessing guns.

The report described the fighting as a "violent terror incident."

The website said 15 of those killed were either police or social workers, with 11 of them being members of China's Uyghur ethnic minority, who live mainly in Xinjiang.