Police Officer Stabbed to Death by Muslim in Restive Xinjiang’s Capital

A Uyghur man stabbed a police officer to death and was instantly shot and killed by fellow policemen in the capital of China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, police and officials said Tuesday, in the latest violence to hit the troubled region.

Policeman Osmanjan Ghoji, 29, was attacked suddenly as he was leaving a meeting with other police officers and officials in Urumqi city on Sunday evening, they said, suggesting a political motive behind the incident.

Police identified his attacker as ethnic minority Uyghur Ilyar Rehmutulla from Xinjiang’s Aksu prefecture located in China’s extreme west on its border with Kyrgyzstan.