Thursday, 22 May 2014 10:10

Two Blasts Kill At least 31, in China's troubled Xinjiang

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Two vehicles bombs stormed into an open market in China's Xinjiang - the traditional home of the ethnic Muslim Uighurs - killed 31 people and wounded ninety-four others on Thursday, state media reported, the deadliest act of violence in the region in years.

China called the attack in the regional capital of Urumqi a "serious violent terrorist incident" and domestic security chief 'Meng Jianzhu' vowed to strengthen a crackdown on the "arrogance of terrorists", according to the official.   

Reports indicated that the Chinese president (Xi Jinping) ordered security forces to a fast and firm response on the attack, which no group has claimed responsibility so far, although China has blamed a series of knife and bomb attacks in recent months on separatist militants from Xinjiang .

One witness told reporters, he saw the aftermath of the blasts on his way to work. "The air was full of the smell of gunpowder and the sound of sobbing," he said. "There were simply too many (casualties), old folks who were at the morning market."

Source : Agencies.

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