Attack in restive Xinjiang area kills four and injures eight

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 March, 2013, 10:24am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 March, 2013, 11:17am

A Chinese government official says four people were killed and eight more were injured in an attack in China’s restive western region of Xinjiang while the national legislature is meeting to install new leadership.

Regional spokeswoman Hou Hanmin said on Friday she could not provide the ethnicity of the victims or the suspect who was detained after the attack on Thursday in downtown Korla.

She is in Beijing for the National People’s Congress. She says police are investigating to find out if there were accomplices involved.

Xinjiang has long been grappling with tensions between indigenous Uighurs and Han Chinese, who have flooded the region seeking to profit from local resources.

In 2009, riots in Xinjiang’s capital Urumqi killed nearly 200 people.