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Uighur clashes leave 8 dead

Chinese police have shot dead 8 Uighurs who attacked a police station in Xinjiang province.

According to state officials, the men attacked the police station with knives and explosives, before being repulsed by armed police.

Two weeks ago 16 people were left dead after riots, blamed on “extremists” by Beijing.

Xinjiang has traditionally been dominated by the Uighur ethnic group, but over the past few decades the state has seen large-scale immigration by Han Chinese, changing the ethnic make-up of the region and leaving Uighurs concerned about erosion of their culture and way of life.

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