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Chinese Police Arrest Suspected Bomb Makers བོད་སྐད།


Chinese state media are reporting that police in the Xinjiang region have detained six people suspected in a bomb-making operation.

The official Xinhua news agency says the suspects made more than 20 explosive devices and were planning to carry out terrorist attacks.

The report quotes unnamed anti-terrorist sources who say the group made explosives after ethnically-motivated riots broke out in Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi, in early July. The riots left nearly 200 people dead.

The report says the devices and bomb-making tools were seized in raids in the suburbs of Aksu city in Xinjiang. They did not give a specific date, or identify the ethnicity of the suspects.

Xinjiang is home to China's Uighurs, a mostly Muslim ethnic minority that complains of persecution by the Han Chinese majority. Tension between the groups has spiraled into violent confrontations in recent months.

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