16 dead in Xinjiang clash: state media
Map showing Shufu in China's Xinjiang region where 16 people, including 2 police officers were killed in clashes Sunday, according to state media.
Police attempting to detain criminal suspects in Shufu county near Kashgar were attacked by several "thugs" armed with explosive devices and knives, reported the tianshannet news portal, which is run by the Xinjiang government.
Two police officers were killed and 14 of the "thugs" shot dead on Sunday, it said. Two criminal suspects were detained, it added.
The incident comes six weeks after a fiery attack in Tiananmen Square, when according to Chinese police, three Xinjiang Uighurs ploughed into crowds of tourists, killing two people and injuring 40, before crashing outside the Forbidden City and setting their vehicle ablaze.
The three attacks -- named by authorities as Usmen Hasan, his wife and his mother -- all died.
Xinjiang, a vast area bordering Pakistan and Central Asia in China's far west, beyond the furthest reaches of the Great Wall, has followed Islam for centuries.
For years it has seen sporadic unrest by Uighurs which rights groups say is driven by cultural oppression and intrusive security measures but China attributes to extremist religion, terrorism and separatism.
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