Violence in China’s Xinjiang kills 27

Riots have killed 27 people in China’s restive far western region of Xinjiang, Chinese state media report.

The incident happened in Turban prefecture early on Wednesday, according to BBC.

Police opened fire after a mob armed with knives attacked police stations and a local government building, Xinhua news agency quoted officials as saying.

There are sporadic outbreaks of violence in Xinjiang, where there are rumbling ethnic tensions between Muslim Uighur and Han Chinese communities.

The incident happened in Turban’s remote township of Lukqun, around 200km (120 miles) south-east of the region’s capital, Urumqi.

The Xinhua news agency report, citing local officials, said rioters stabbed people and set police cars alight.

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