Saturday, August 9, 2008

An Ominous Development in NW China

While the rest of the world is preoccupied with the presidential election, the Russian invasion of Georgia, and the Beijing Olympics, Islamic militants made their move in Xinjiang, exactly as we expected (see blog entry for 27 July). Gateway Pundit provided the following report:

EXPLOSIONS IN CHINA-- At Least 6 Dead in Xinjiang Province

Several Explosions were reported in Xinjiang Province in China today.
At least 4 were killed when a man drove a truck into a group of police officers as another man threw explosives at a police station in Kuqa!
4 or 5 "suspects" were killed or injured in the attack.
Bloomberg reported:

A man drove a truck into a group of 70 police officers exercising outside the station in Kuga country, in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, as another man threw explosives at the building then brandished a knife at officers, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. The number of people killed may rise, the report said.

The BBC reported:

Several explosions have hit the north-western Chinese province of Xinjiang, state media has reported.

It said there was sporadic gunfire after the blasts, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Earlier this week, 16 Chinese policemen were killed in an attack on a border post in the province, Xinhua reported.

Xinjiang is home to the Muslim Uighur people. Uighur separatists there have waged a low-level campaign against Chinese rule for decades.

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