Western China: Seventeen people have reportedly been hacked, stabbed or shot to death

Mosque in Yanqi, Xinjiang

Seventeen people have reportedly been hacked, stabbed or shot to death in the latest episode of deadly violence to hit China’s far west.

The killings came during a bloody “showdown” between police and villagers in Xinjiang’s Aksu prefecture, according to Radio Free Asia.

Police were searching homes in a town called Yaqaeriq when a group of around 10 people turned on them, giving chase with knives and axes.

In the ensuing violence four officials were killed. Police shot dead nine suspects and four passers-by who were apparently caught in the crossfire.

The outbreak of violence, which took place on Tuesday but was only reported on Saturday, is the latest to hit Xinjiang, a sprawling border region that is home to the largely Muslim Uighur ethnic minority as well as a growing number of Han Chinese migrants…

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