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- Mobs stabbed people and and set fire to police cars, state news agency said
- Killed 17 people before police shot dead 10 of the attackers, said Xinhua
- Unrest said to have erupted at 6am local time in restive Xinjiang region
- Remote western region is home to a large Muslim Uighur minority
PUBLISHED: 07:41 GMT, 26 June 2013 | UPDATED: 08:56 GMT, 26 June 2013
At least 27 people have been killed after gangs armed with knives attacked a police station and a local government building in a remote region of western China today, according to state media.
The Xinhua agency said mobs in the Xinjiang region – home to a large Muslim Uighur minority – set upon buildings in the township of Lukqun at around 6am local time, stabbing people and setting fire to police cars.
Nine police officers and security guards and eight civilians were killed before police opened fire on the attackers, leaving 10 dead, regional Communist Party officials told the agency.
Restive: Violence erupted in the remote western Xinjiang region, where there were protests in 2009 (pictured) after riots pitting Muslim Uighurs against ethnic Chinese left nearly 200 dead (file photo)
The reported unrest in the region was the deadliest since July 2009, when nearly 200 people were killed in riots pitting Uighurs against ethnic Chinese in the region’s capital Urumqi.
The reasons for today’s attacks were not immediately clear.