The world was rocked by yet another terrorist attack on this week, this time in the Xinjiang region of China.
BBC reported that three Muslim terrorists killed eight people and wounded 10 more in a knife attack that took place on Tuesday. The terrorists were then shot dead by police officers.
The autonomous region of Xinjiang is home China’s Uighur ethnic minority, which is predominantly Muslim, and it has suffered years of unrest. Liberals claim that most of the violence there is due to the tight controls by the government on the religion and culture of Uighurs, but the Chinese government denies this.
The local government released a brief statement about the attack in which they called the terrorists “thugs.”
“At present, social order is normal at the site, society is stable, and investigation work is under way,” the statement read.
After the attack, the local government issued the highest level of security alert and armed police are still patrolling the area. Dilxat Raxit, of the exiled World Uyghur Congress, told reporters that six people have been arrested in the wake of the attack. The arrested individuals include two young Uighurs who shared information about the incident.
We will update you further as this story develops.