As the Muslim province of Xinjiang once again suffer violence that claimed Four peoples lives in a deadly knife attack, the Chinese Central Government leadership has become concerned and has ordered a clamp down as news began petering out.
Four people have died in China’s far western Xinjiang after a knife attack on Thursday. Eight others were reportedly injured.
It happened in Korla, and according to the Associated Press, involved several knife-wielding attackers. The AP cites a local government official as saying one of the attackers has been arrested.
The local Public Security Bureau declined to comment when contacted by NTD.
[Korla Public Security Bureau, Xinjiang]:
“We have nothing to say about this matter.”
Ethnic tension runs high in Xinjiang. In 2009, violent clashes between local Muslim Uyghur and Han Chinese killed around 200 people, according to state-run media.
The attack happened as Chinese leaders gathered in Beijing for the 12th National People’s Congress. On Thursday, Xinjiang’s party chief says stability in the region is “under control.”
Local resident Mr. Li says authorities are now tightly restricting what information gets out.
[Mr. Li, Resident in Korla, Xinjiang]:
“They haven’t announced any investigations. It won’t be made public, because this is a Uyghur area. They will try and minimize this incident.”
Xinjiang is home to ethnic Uyghurs who say ethnic Han Chinese are moving to the area in large numbers, and threatening their culture and religion.
The Chinese regime imposes heavy security in the region, claiming there are violent extremists working to separate Xinjiang.