Terrorist Attack Leaves 31 Dead in China’s Xinjiang

World | May 22, 2014, Thursday // 11:30|  views

Archive photo of police inspecting the explosion site outside Urumqi South Railway Station after an explosion on 30 April 2014. Photo by EPA/BGNES

A terrorist attack in the northwestern Chinese city of Urumqi, Xinjiang region, has left 31 people dead and over 90 injured.

Authorities say that two vehicles crashed into a market full of people, while at the same time explosive devices were thrown, according to the BBC.

"Witnesses said two cross-country vehicles driving from north to south ploughed into people in the market at 07:50 local time. Explosives were thrown out of the vehicles," the Xinhua agency reported.

Xinjiang is an autonomous region, home to a Muslim Uighur community. It has seen a series of terrorist attacks over the past year. In October, a similar attack on Tiananmen Square in the capital Beijing left 5 people dead, for which a number of Uighurs were suspected.

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