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Several explosions rock Kuqa in China's remote Xinjiang
www.chinaview.cn 2008-08-10 04:45:45

URUMQI, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Several explosions rocked Kuqa county in China's remote Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region early Sunday morning, witnesses said.

There is no immediate report of casualties.

The explosions occurred between 3:20 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. in downtown Kuqa, an important town in southern Xinjiang, the witnesses said, adding they saw flashes of fire and heard sporadic gun shots after the explosions.

Police has cordoned off the area where the explosions occurred, the witnesses said.

Local military sources confirmed the incident and said the military force have begun mobilization for reaction.

Kuqa is the most populous county of Aksu prefecture. It has a population of about 400,000. The seat of Kuqa county is about 740 kilometers from Urumqi, the regional capital.

A Xinhua reporter is on the way to Kuqa from Urumqi.

The incident follows an attack on border police in Kashi Monday, resulting in the death of 16 police officers and the injury of 16 others.

A man drove a truck into a team of more than 70 police officers who were doing regular morning exercise outside the police station. At the same time, another man threw an explosive device toward the gate of the police station and brandished a knife at officers who had been run over by the truck.

The two attackers were detained on the spot.

Local officials have described the attack as an well-planned terrorist attack.