Five police officers have been killed in a pre-dawn attack on a security checkpoint in China’s restive far-western region of (Muslim-dominant) Xinjiang after government officials harassed ethnic minority Muslim women wearing headbags and men with beards, according to police and residents.
RFA (h/t Susan K) Unknown assailants on Friday stabbed two police officers guarding the checkpoint in Qaraqash (in Chinese, Moyu) county in southwestern Hotan prefecture and then set fire to a room in the building where three police officers were taking a nap, police said.
The Qaraqash violence came a day before police shot dead 13 people in Kargilik county in Xinjiang’s Kashgar prefecture on Saturday after they drove into a police building and set off an explosion, according to reports.
Residents going for early Friday morning Muslim prayers discovered the two wounded officers and the charred remains of the three others in the room and alerted the authorities. The two officers died on the way to the hospital.
The incident followed several high-profile attacks blamed on militants in Xinjiang, the traditional home of the Uyghurs who complain they have long suffered ethnic discrimination, oppressive religious controls, and continued poverty and joblessness.
Local police described the violence in Kayash village in Manglay township as among the most deadly in the area in recent years. Chinese state media reported earlier in the week that 13 people had been executed in the region for “terrorist attacks” in seven separate cases. china-executes-13-for-xinjiang-terrorist-attacks
Xinjiang authorities declared a one-year crackdown on “violent terrorist activities” last month following the May 22 bombing at a market in Xinjiang’s capital Urumqi that killed 43 people, including the 4attackers.