December 30, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Police in China's far western Xinjiang region killed eight people Monday when a group wielding knives and throwing explosives attacked a police station, local authorities said. The official Xinhua news agency referred to the incident in Yarkand county as a “terrorist attack,” and the incident comes just two weeks after 16 people were reported killed in a clash between police and ethnic Uighurs near the city of Kashgar, in the same vicinity. Uighurs, a mostly Muslim ethnic minority more closely related to the Turks than the Chinese, complain of harassment and discrimination at the hands of authorities in Xinjiang.
December 6, 2013 |
BEIJING -- A videotaped assault of a toddler by an 11-year-old girl in a high rise in Chongqing has in recent days riveted Chinese, inviting comparisons to some of the world's most brutal child murders. The boy was snatched by the girl in the building's elevator Nov. 27 as the boy's grandmother tried to maneuver his tricycle out of the closing elevator doors at the ground floor, apparently planning to take him outside. Closed-circuit television showed the girl, her hair in pigtails and wearing a backpack, throwing the small boy repeatedly onto the floor and kicking him. The 18-month-old later either fell or was thrown from the girl's 25th-floor balcony.
October 30, 2013 |
BEIJING -- More than 48 hours after a car plowed down pedestrians and burst into flames at Beijing's Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government broke its near-silence on the incident and characterized it as a “terrorist attack. " Chinese state media on Wednesday identified the people in the car as members of one family --- the driver, Usmen Hasan; his mother, Kuwanhan Reyim; and his wife, Gulkiz Gini. All three were killed, along with two tourists. Chinese authorities also said five people were arrested as accessories in Beijing on Monday night.
October 28, 2013 |
BEIJING - Chinese authorities were scouring Beijing for suspects from a region of northwestern China with a large Muslim population after a brazen attack at Tiananmen Square the day before that left five people dead. In what could hardly have been a more audacious attack at the spiritual heart of China, a white sport-utility vehicle entered a sidewalk at the Beijing square midday Monday and drove nearly 500 yards, plowing through tourists and police, until it crashed near the iconic portrait of Mao Tse-tung that hangs over a main gate in the square.
August 28, 2013 |
BEIJING - China acknowledged Wednesday that a police officer was killed last week in a bloody clash near the far-western city of Kashgar, the latest in a series of deadly incidents in the Xinjiang region this summer. As is often the case, it was difficult to confirm details of the incident. A government-run newspaper in Kashgar, which covered the officer's memorial service, said he “courageously died” in a shootout while taking part in a raid on a gang of “terrorists.” Radio Free Asia reported Tuesday that 22 ethnic Uighurs were killed Aug. 20 when security forces opened fire at a house in a suburb of Kashgar.
June 26, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Twenty-seven people were killed in riots early Wednesday in northwest China, state-run media reported, the deadliest outbreak of violence in the restive region in years. Communist Party officials in Xinjiang -- where Uighurs, a Muslim minority, have repeatedly clashed with Han Chinese settlers -- told the official Xinhua news agency that knife-wielding mobs attacked a police station, a government building and a construction site in Lukqun township starting around 6 a.m., stabbing people and setting fire to police cars.