Thursday, May 22, 2014

31 dead in Xinjiang 'terrorist' attack: Xinhua

Initial accounts suggest cars rammed into market before exploding

South China Morning Post - May 22, 2014

At least 31 people were killed when a series of explosions hit an open-air market in China's restive Xinjiang province, Xinhua said today. Around 90 people were injured.
Witnesses said two cars barrelled through metal barriers and ploughed into people as their occupants threw explosives from the windows in the incident at 7.50am.
The cars then crashed head-on and one of them exploded, the official Xinhua News Agency reported
“I heard four or five explosions. I was very scared. I saw three or four people lying on the ground,” said Fang Shaoying, the owner of a small supermarket located near the scene of the blast.
China's Ministry of Public Security described the incident as a "serious violent terrorist incident" that caused major casualties.
In a statement domestic security chief Meng Jianzhu vowed to "destroy the arrogance of violent terrorists".