Ramadan Rampage in China as Muslims Murder At Least 18 Innocent in Bomb Attacks
Chinese police clash with Uighurs during a protest in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region in 2009. A gang of Uighurs attacked a police checkpoint in the southern city of Kashgar this week in apparent revenge for the government’s crackdown on the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. Photo courtesy of: Daily Mail Online
At least 18 people have died after Chinese Muslims attacked police with knives and bombs at a traffic checkpoint in apparent revenge for the government’s crackdown on Ramadan.
The attack occurred in the southern city of Kashgar, where tensions between ethnic Uighurs and the majority Han Chinese have led to bloodshed in recent years.
Last week, China inflamed divisions by banning civil servants, students and teachers from fasting during the Muslim holy month and ordering restaurants to stay open.
Suspects killed several police officers with knives and bombs after speeding through a traffic checkpoint in a car in Kashgar’s Tahtakoruk district.
Armed police responded by killing 15 suspects ‘designated as terrorists’, it was reported by U.S.-based Radio Free Asia, which cited Turghun Memet, an officer at a nearby police station.
The attack, which happened on Monday, comes at the beginning of Ramadan, a sensitive time in Xinjiang after a rise in attacks over the past three years in which hundreds have died, blamed by Beijing on Islamist militants.
Repeated calls to the Xinjiang government news office were not answered.
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