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11-08-08, 11:51
'Terrorists' behind latest attack in northwest China: state media
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BEIJING (AFP) — "Terrorists" from the Muslim Uighur minority carried out the latest attack in northwest China, state media said, as it reported the death toll from the violence had risen to 12.

Xinhua news agency also reported the group who stormed a police station and other buildings in the Xinjiang city of Kuqa early Sunday included a 15-year-old girl who was hospitalised with multiple injuries.

The assailants were "terrorists" from Kuqa county and other areas who belonged to China's Uighur minority, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing an unnamed local official.

The 15-year-old girl was injured while throwing an explosive and was taken to hospital with fractures to her left leg and foot, Xinhua said, quoting local police sources.

An official at the People's Hospital in Kuqa county confirmed that a 15-year-old girl had been hospitalised but gave no further details.

Xinhua has been the only avenue of information for official information about the incident, with police and other local authorities refusing to comment when contacted by AFP.

One security guard died and 10 assailants were killed in the unrest early on Sunday, with police chasing down and firing at some of the attackers, Xinhua reported earlier.

A civilian from the Uighur ethnic group who was injured by bombs in the attack died in hospital on Monday, Xinhua said, citing Hasimu, the Aksu Prefectural Commissioner. This brought the reported death toll to 12.

Three of the alleged terrorists were still at large, the news agency said, and Chinese police had yet to confirm their identity.

It was the second deadly assault in less than a week in Xinjiang, a vast area that borders central Asia and is home to 8.3 million Uighurs.

Two alleged Muslim militants using explosives and knives attacked policemen out jogging in the Xinjiang city of Kashgar on August 4, leaving 16 dead and 16 wounded.

China claims Xinjiang, populated by 8.3 million Uighurs, is home to Islamic terrorists intent on targetting the Olympics.

China also blamed last week's attack, which occurred four days before the start of the Beijing Olympics, on Islamic militant Uighur separatists.

An official from Aksu Prefecture, which includes Kuqa, said it was unclear whether the bombings on Sunday had any link with the attack last Monday, according to Xinhua.

Many of Xinjiang's Uighurs express anger at what they say have been decades of repressive Communist Chinese rule.

The Uighurs established two short-lived East Turkestan republics in Xinjiang in the 1930s and 1940s, when Chinese central government control was weakened by civil war and Japanese invasion.