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Archive for Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tensions rise after police shooting kills 2

July 14, 2009

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— The capital of China’s western Xinjiang region was tense amid tight security today, a day after police fatally shot two Uighur men and wounded a third more than a week after deadly ethnic rioting.

It was the first time the government has acknowledged that its security forces opened fire since the violence hit Urumqi on July 5. The government says at least 184 people have been reported killed, most of them Han Chinese, and another 1,680 wounded.

At the site of Monday’s shooting, paramilitary police with shields and rifles blocked access to an alley of dingy apartment blocks where many poorer minority Uighurs live.

Troops blocked nonresidents from entering. A band of spikes lay across the road. Roads leading into the main Uighur district near the Grand Bazaar market continued to be blocked.

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