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Dozens knifed to death in China mob rampage.

A MOB armed with knives has rampaged through part of China's Xinjiang region, leaving dozens of people dead, state media reported.

Many other people were injured in the violence in Shache county near the city of Kashgar in the volatile north-western region, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

It said the mob first attacked a police station and government offices in the township of Elixku before moving on to a neighbouring township, attacking civilians and smashing vehicles along the way.

Xinhua said dozens of people were killed or injured in the attacks. It also said police shot and killed dozens of the attackers.

There has been increasing violence in Xinjiang in recent months blamed on pro-independence militants from the region's native Turkic Uighur Muslim ethnic group.

China's government says the attackers have ties to overseas Islamic terror groups, although it has provided little evidence for its claim. Uighur activists say repressive Chinese cultural and religious policies are fuelling resentment among Uighurs, along with a sense that the benefits of economic growth in the resource-rich region are flowing disproportionately to migrants from the country's Han Chinese majority.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jul 30, 2014
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