Militants shot dead by Chinese police were from Xinjiang: state media

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 13, 2015 8:09 PM

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese police in the northeastern city of Shenyang shot dead three knife-wielding militants from the restive Xinjiang region and wounded another on Monday, state media reported overnight.

"When police pursued the terrorist suspects, four terrorists armed with knives resisted arrest. Police fired shots only after the terrorists ignored warnings," the Shenyang public security bureau said on its official Weibo microblog account.

The state-run Beijing News and other Chinese media outlets, citing the Liaoning provincial government, said the militants were killed on Monday afternoon after police tried to enter a rented house during a raid.

Three "accompanying children" were apprehended, the reports also said.

The statement from the Shenyang public security bureau said no civilians were killed or wounded in the incident but gave no further details.

Xinjiang is home to China's Muslim Uighur minority and is about 4,000 km (2,485 miles) west of Shenyang.

Hundreds have died in violence in Xinjiang. The government blames the unrest on Islamist militants and separatists who want to establish an independent state called East Turkestan for Uighurs, who speak a Turkic language.

Thailand deported 109 Uighurs to China last week, some of whom Chinese state media said were planning to go to Syria and Iraq to join Islamist militants fighting there.

(Reporting by Brenda Goh; Editing by Paul Tait)