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Dozens killed as blasts rock open market in northwestern China (PHOTOS)

Published time: May 22, 2014 09:25
Edited time: May 22, 2014 05:28
Image from weibo.com

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At least 31 people have been killed and more than 90 injured in a series of a dozen of explosions, which rocked the capital of China’s turbulent northwestern region of Xinjiang.

The explosions occurred at around 8am on at an open market in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Xinhua news agency reported.

Witnesses reported that the blasts began when two off-road vehicles plowed into crowds of people, and explosives were thrown from them. They said that one of the vehicles had exploded in the market, while there had been some dozen explosive blasts in total.

The area was cordoned off with flames and heavy smoke reported at the location.

The high death toll makes Thursday's attack the bloodiest in a series of violent incidents blamed on radical separatist Uygur Muslims.

Last month the restive Chinese region of Xinjiang, was the scene of a railways station attack which killed three and injured 79 people. That attack was blamed on radical religious extremists seeking to take control of the region.

The day prior 39 people were sentenced to jail terms of up to 15 years on terrorism charges in the far western region of Xinjiang. The suspects, who had ethnic Uighur names, were sentenced during a rare mass public event, reports Reuters.

The charges spanned a number of crimes, including inciting violence and distributing extremist content, as well as making firearms and promoting ethnic friction.

Comments (59)

 

Kelama 23.05.2014 10:51

Al-CIA-da again, like 95% of all these incidents worldwide. The world will not know peace until the back of this evil monster is broken.

 

Brad 23.05.2014 04:20

Radical Isamists all need to be deported.

 

Maynard 22.05.2014 17:28

Are these theatrical bombs, like the fake Boston marathon show?

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