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37 civilians, 59 'terrorists' killed in earlier China attack

Security forces participate in a military drill in Hetian, northwest China's Xinjiang region on June 6, 2014Chinese state media said Sunday that 37 civilians and 59 “terrorists” were killed last week in an attack in Xinjiang, home to China’s mainly Muslim Uighur minority. The total toll makes the incident by far the bloodiest since rioting involving Uighurs and members of China’s Han majority killed around 200 people in the regional capital Urumqi in 2009. Police arrested 215 “terrorists” while 13 civilians were also wounded in Monday’s attack on a police station and government offices in Shache county, or Yarkand in the Uighur language, in Kashgar prefecture, according to the official Xinhua news agency. It was the latest in a series of violent incidents over recent months in and connected with the vast resource-rich region, where rights groups accuse China’s government of cultural and religious repression they say fuels unrest.

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