• Fri
  • Oct 31, 2014
  • Updated: 4:33pm
NewsChina
XINJIANG

Police charge ethnic Uygur man with five murders

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 March, 2013, 11:11am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 March, 2013, 1:32am

An ethnic Uygur man has been charged with murder in the knifing of five people last week in China’s restive northwestern region of Xinjiang.

The regional government’s website said on Friday that Aizitiaili Mamuti knifed passers-by outside a supermarket in the city of Korla after an argument with his family. It said the 27-year-old had a history of gambling and had been punished for three earlier knife attacks.

Tensions have long brewed between Xinjiang’s Turkic Muslim Uygurs and Chinese migrants, although it wasn’t clear if ethnicity played a role in Mamuti’s choice of victims in the March 7 attack. The report said four of those killed were Han and one a member of the Muslim Hui minority. One of seven others injured was Uygur, it said.

 

Share

For unlimited access to:

SCMP.com SCMP Tablet Edition SCMP Mobile Edition 10-year news archive
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Login

SCMP.com Account

or