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Xinjiang riot toll rises, unrest spreads: Xinhua

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posted on Jul, 6 2009 @ 02:25 PM

The death toll from violent ethnic riots in China's northwestern Xinjiang region has risen to 156, and police on Monday dispersed "rioters" in a second city, the official Xinhua news agency said early on Tuesday.

Around 200 people "trying to gather" at the Id Kah mosque in the center of the silk road city of Kashgar were dispersed by police early on Monday evening, the day after deadly rioting in the regional capital Urumqi, Xinhua said.

Police also had "clues" that there were efforts to organize "unrest" in Aksu City and Yili Kazakh Prefecture, Xinhua said, without giving further details.

Witnesses says China protest spreads to 2nd city

Witnesses say an ethnic protest has spread to a second city in China's western Xinjiang province after riots rocked the region's capital, killing at least 140 and injuring more than 800.

Violent street battles killed at least 140 people and injured 828 others in the deadliest ethnic unrest to hit China's volatile western Xinjiang region in decades, and officials said Monday the death toll was expected to rise.

[edit on 6-7-2009 by warrenb]


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