At least 5 officers dead in knife attack in China

At least 5 police officers killed by group wielding knives in China's far western Xinjiang region

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Representative photo of armed policemen at a railway station after a knife attack in Guangdong province, China

A knife attack allegedly organised by seperatists on Wednesday resulted in at least 40 casulties, including five police officials in China’s far western region of Xinjiang, US-based Radio Free Asia reported.  

The owner and security guards at the coal mine in Sogan Colliery Aksu were attacked during the deadly event which took place on Sep 18.

The attackers then marched onto police officers who arrived at the sence, reported Radio Free Asia. 

Many reports of injuries have also been given. 

According to a government notice cited by Radio Free Asia, the attack was "a long-planned, well-prepared, large-scale attack by separatists against police officers and mine owners at a coal field in our county."

Xinjiang government and public security departments have not responded to comments over attack. Events as such are often reported in international media however, confirmation from the Chinease government comes days later.

The Xinjiang autonomous region is home to the local Uighur Turkic Muslim minority which has historically called it “East Turkistan.” 

In the past two years, hundreds of people who want independence for the region have been killed during the clashes with Chinese forces and Uighurs have been frequently linked to violence in the Middle East without proper evidence.

In June, at least 18 people were killed when Uighurs attacked police with knives and bombs at a city of Kasghr.

Moreover, last year, a knife attack at a train station in Kunming city left nearly 30 dead.

Last month, China jailed 45 people from Xinjiang on terror charges. 

TRTWorld and agencies