A series of explosions struck a market Thursday in the capital of the volatile western Chinese region of Xinjiang, killing 31 people and wounding more than 90 others, the CNN reports.
China’s Ministry of Public Security said the attack was “a serious violent terrorist incident” and vowed to crack down on its perpetrators. President Xi Jinping called for the terrorists behind it to be “severely” punished.
Two SUVs plowed into people gathered at the open market in Urumqi at 7:50 a.m., and explosives were thrown out of the vehicles, China’s official news agency Xinhua said.
One of the SUVs then exploded, according to Xinhua, which cited a witness in the market who said he heard a dozen big bangs.
All of the wounded have been taken to several hospitals in the area, Xinhua reported, citing police.