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China: 11 'terrorists' killed in restive Xinjiang region; suspect captured

By Radina Gigova, CNN
February 15, 2014 -- Updated 0336 GMT (1136 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A suspect is captured, state-run media say
  • "Terrorists" drive motorcycles and cars and attack police on patrol
  • Police kill eight "terrorists," and three more are killed by their own suicide bomb

(CNN) -- Eleven "terrorists" were killed -- eight by police, and three by their own suicide bomb -- in a terrorist attack Friday in northwest China's restive Xinjiang region, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Police captured a suspect in the attack, Xinhua reported, citing police.

Armed with explosives and knives, the assailants were riding motorbikes and driving cars and attacked a team of police on patrol about 4 p.m. local time, state media said, quoting police.

Frequent outbreaks of violence have beset Xinjiang, a resource-rich region where the arrival of waves of Han Chinese people over the decades has fueled tensions with the Uyghurs, a Turkic-speaking, predominantly Muslim ethnic group.

About 190 terrorist attacks were recorded in Xinjiang in 2012, the regional public security department told Xinhua.

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