One hundred and forty people have been killed and more than 800 wounded in
riots that rocked the western China at the weekend, the deadliest social
unrest since the Tiananmen Square crackdown.
Running battles raged through the city of Urumqi throughout Sunday,
pitting members of the Uighur minority against ethnic Han Chinese.
Witnesses said that up to 3,000 rioters went on the rampage, smashing
buses and overturning police barricades during several hours of violence.
State television showed cars in flames in the streets, and others being
over-turned by rioters. Other footage showed a number of men attacking a
man, apparently a Han Chinese, who lay on the street bleeding from the
head and from injuries to other parts of his body.
Burnt-out buses lay scattered on the streets of Urumqi, the capital of
China's restive, westernmost region of Xinjiang.
The death toll from the day of violence was put at 140 by the Xinjiang
police, who said 816 were injured. The numbers were announced by the state
run Xinhua news agency in an unusually swift revelation of the extent of
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