16 die in attack on police in west China

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Associated Press

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 3:03 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 16 at 3:04 AM

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say 16 people were killed when assailants attacked police in the restive western region of Xinjiang (shihn-jahng).

The region's official news portal Tianshan Net reports that knife-wielding assailants hurled explosive devices at the officers in Shufu county of Kashgar prefecture.

Two police officers died in the attack while 14 attackers were shot and killed. Another two assailants were arrested.

Xinjiang has long been home to a simmering rebellion against Chinese rule among parts of the Muslim Uighur (WEE'-gur) population.

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