23 February 2019
A woman walks past anti-terror posters along a street in Urumqi. Photo: AFP
A woman walks past anti-terror posters along a street in Urumqi. Photo: AFP

Two killed, several wounded as multiple blasts hit Xinjiang

At least two people were killed and several others injured when multiple explosions rocked northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang region on Sunday, state media reported.

The explosions occurred in at least three locations in Luntai county, some 360 kilometers from the capital Urumqi, at around 5 p.m. local time, according to the Tianshan news portal. An unspecified number of injured were sent to the hospital, it said.

A local police official confirmed that the explosions occurred, but declined to give further details, saying the matter was being investigated, the Wall Street Journal said.

Meanwhile, Xinjiang authorities punished 17 local officials and police officers for being accountable for an attack in the region’s Shache county on July 28 that left 37 civilians dead and 94 others injured, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The incident was followed by the murder of 74-year-old religious leader Jume Tahir in China’s largest mosque, the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar, on July 30, Xinhua said.

He Limin, Shache’s Communist Party chief, was demoted and stripped of his party position, while other officials were either sacked, demoted or given warnings, according to the report.

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