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Ay Yultuz Kok Byrak
20-01-05, 18:53
Fourteen people were killed and 12 others injured in two explosions on Thursday in northwest China's tense Xinjiang region, in incidents, officials indicated, were caused by separatists.

The first blast happened at 1:30 pm (0530 GMT) when a short-distance bus travelling from the Dushanzi district of Karamay city to Usu city in northern Xinjiang exploded on a highway, Xinhua news agency and officials said.

A police officer in Kuitun, the nearest city to the blast, said while the cause was still under investigation, it did not appear to be a traffic accident.

"It's definitely not a regular accident," the official, who declined to be named, told AFP. "The provincial police department have sent people here."

Local authorities said it was not immediately clear whether Muslim separatists might have carried out an attack on the bus.

The Kuitun official, however, added: "We're at the frontline of anti-terrorism."

Eight of the victims were killed instantly while four died in hospital, Xinhua said.

Most of the victims were ethnic minorities, not Han Chinese, said an official at the Kuitun city Prefecture Hospital, where several of the injured were taken.

"We're still trying to save the injured," said the hospital official.

Asked whether separatists may have caused the bus blast, a woman surnamed Chen at the Xinjiang provincial public security department said it was "hard to say."

"In the short-term, it won't be clear," Chen said.

About four hours later, a blast killed two people and injured 10 others in the downtown of Xinjiang's capital Urumqi, Xinhua said.

The blast left a nine square meter (97 square feet) hole on the ground and a piercing smell of natural gas, Xinhua quoted a Urumqi official saying.

Most of the casualties were pedestrians.

The cause of the explosion was under investigation. Officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Turkic-speaking Uighur separatists in the region have been fighting to re-establish an independent state of East Turkestan in Xinjiang. They accuse the ruling Chinese of political, religious and cultural repression of the minority Uighurs.

The region has been rocked by ethnic riots and violence in recent years, including bombings.

Sultan
21-01-05, 22:24
Hail To Those Who Died For The Cause

Sultan
21-01-05, 22:25
Hail To Those Who Died For The Cause

uyghur
22-01-05, 21:41
Bundak partilitixlar bolsa Uighurlar olidu. Bularning hammisi hitayning hiyla mikirliridin ibarat.