Massive rioting in far western China has left at least 27 dead already, according to a NY Times report on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Both a police station and some government offices were attacked by protesters on Wednesday, and it led to police firing upon them. It broke out on Wednesday morning in Lukqun, a township in Turpan Prefecture.
Reports state that the current rioting in western China is the worst signs of violence in years in Xinjiang, a region that has been troubled for numerous years.
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“Knife-wielding mobs attacked the township’s police stations, the local government building and a construction site, stabbing at people and setting fire to police cars,” the English-language report from Xinhua said.
There has been no official explanation as to what began the fighting and riots. There were also no details revealed about the rioters ethnic background or anything else. A spokesman for the World Uyghur Congress said that this “clash did not happen by chance” though.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the 27 dead including nine police officers and security guards.
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