Chinese state media reported that security forces killed three Uighurs living in the Xinjiang autonomous region on Monday, claiming they were “knife-wielding militants,” as the Chinese pressure over the ethnic group has increased recently.
Beijing News and other Chinese media reported as the Shenyang public security bureau claimed that the three resisted the armed police officers for arrest and police fired shots.
According to officials, the incident took place on Monday afternoon when Chinese police tried to raid a rented house where the three Uighurs were staying.
Local media reported that there were children during the bloody raid who witnessed most probably the deaths of their family members.
The Uighurs, who are subjected to discrimination in many respects including being prevented from practising their faith openly, live in Xinjiang autonomous region, which is called as “East Turkestan” by Uighurs themselves.
The area consists of nearly 45 percent of Turkic-Muslim Uighurs while ethnically Han Chinese makes up almost 40 percent of the region’s total population.
The Chinese constitution asserts that ethnic and religious minorities in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are equal before the law, but in practice China has long been criticised by the rights groups and international organisations for its human rights violations regarding the ethnic and religious freedom.
Human rights groups, including the Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have frequently reported that Beijing is not allowing religious freedom and ethnic liberties as well as basic human rights in ethno-religious minority regions.
Hundreds of people have been reportedly killed during the unrests in Xinjiang in the past several years, where China's repressive policies, including controls on religion and Uighur culture, have been intensified by China’s party-governmen