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Xi vows crackdown after 31 dead in Xinjiang blasts
May 22, 2014, 6:04 am

Chinese security personnel near a blast site which has been cordoned off, in downtown Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Thursday, May 22, 2014 [Xinhua]

Chinese security personnel near a blast site which has been cordoned off, in downtown Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Thursday, May 22, 2014 [Xinhua]

Following deadly blasts in Urumqi on Thursday morning, Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to severely punish those spreading terror in the country and spare no efforts in maintaining stability.

Chinese state run news agency Xinhua has said 31 people have died and more than 90 injured after explosions at an open air market in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

The report quoted eyewitness accounts as saying there could be up to a dozen blasts in the crowded area and that two vehicles rammed into a crowd of people throwing explosives at them.

A train station attack and bombing last month had shattered the peace in the western city of Urumqi, killing three and injuring seventy nine people.

Xinjiang, resource-rich and strategically located on the borders of central Asia, has been beset by violence for years.

 

TBP and Agencies

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