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Carnage kills 156 in Urumqi

Posted in Uncategorized by T.Salami on July 8, 2009

via chinadaily.com.cn

Several hundred rioters were under arrest in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region Monday after at least 156 people were killed and about 1,080 others injured in riots that erupted in the capital on Sunday night, officials said Monday.

Li Yi, head of the publicity department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Xinjiang regional committee, said early Tuesday morning that the dead include 129 men and 27 women.

The police put the death toll at 140 as of midday of Monday. Among the 16 newly reported dead, some died in hospitals and others were recovered from street corners, the regional police authorities said Monday night.

An initial investigation found that the unrest was masterminded by the World Uygur Congress (WUR) and led by Rebiya Kadeer, regional authorities said.

Kadeer lives in the US.

“The unrest was a pre-emptive, organized, violent crime. It was instigated and directed from abroad, and carried out by outlaws in the country,” a government statement said Monday.

The WUR had recently started stirring unrest via the Internet, among other means, calling on people “to be braver” and “do something big”, the authorities said.
via Carnage kills 156 in Urumqi.

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