Chinese police shoot dead 13 attackers

By Melissa Barclay,

Police in Xinjiang, China shot dead 13 assailants as they set off explosives in an attack Saturday morning.

According to the Associated Press, the men drove a vehicle into a police office building and proceeded to attack with explosives. Three police officers were injured.

Officials have pointed the attacks to extremists among the natives of the Xinjiang region, the Uighur people. The Uighurs are native Muslim people who want more autonomy from Beijing’s rule. According to BBC News, activists of the group accuse the central government's policies of restricting their cultural and religious activities.

This is not the first time terrorists attacks have been pointed to the native group. At least 31 people were killed last month in a market bombing in China’s Xinjiang region. According to The Guardian, the blasts took place at an open market in the morning in the city of Urumqi. The assailants drove two vehicles through the crowded market place and threw explosives from the windows. The attack was blamed on separatist Uighur Muslims.

An additional five people were killed last year when three men, suspected to be Uighurs, drove their car into a crowd of people, BBC News reported.

Earlier this month, China executed 13 people for terroristic crimes in Xinjiang.

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