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Xinjiang Mourns Murdered Police

The Xinjiang government held a memorial service April 29 for 15 local police officers and community workers who lost their lives in a recent clash with suspected terrorists.

The incident happened on April 23, when three community workers in a town in Bachu County, Kashgar Prefecture found a number of suspicious individuals gathered in a house and in possession of knives. The suspects killed the workers, set fire to the house and continued to use bladed weapons, including axes and machetes, to attack police and community workers. The group was eventually subdued by armed police.

A total of six terrorist suspects were shot dead at the scene, with another eight arrested. Police, who called the attackers an ethnic separatist group with plans to launch a terrorist attack, later arrested a further 11 people in connection with the incident.

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