Chinese police were Thursday investigating eight suspects arrested in the ethnically divided Xinjiang region after clashes left 21 dead, with authorities reportedly accusing "terrorists" of ambushing police.
A Muslim Uighur woman begs as armed Chinese paramilitary policemen march past on a street in Urumqi in 2010. Chinese authorities accused 'terrorists' in China's far west of setting a trap to kill policemen, state media said Thursday, after a US-based rights group dismissed terrorism claims.
Local government officials said 15 police and social workers were killed in the western region on Tuesday, adding that six members of the mostly Muslim Uighur minority shot dead in the clashes were suspected of terrorist plotting.
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