Chinese police said the nine people responsible for a deadly “terrorist attack” in the western region of Xinjiang were promoting religious extremism, state media reported on Tuesday.
Xinjiang is home to a Turkic-speaking, Muslim people known as Uighurs, some of whom resent what they see as oppressive treatment by the government.
The Xinjiang government said police shot dead eight people on Monday during the attack in Yarkand County close to the old Silk Road city of Kashgar in Xinjiang’s south. The violence raised the death toll from clashes there to at least 35 since November.
China has previously blamed some of the violence in Xinjiang on Islamist militants plotting holy war. (Reuters)