15 dead in 'terror attack' in China

A total of 15 people died in an "attack" in China's Xinjiang region yesterday, including eight "terrorists" shot dead by the police. Three blew themselves up after killing four people, authorities said.

Riding motorbikes and cars carrying cooking gas cylinders, the group approached police officers near a park in Wushi county as they prepared to go on patrol, Xinhua reported.

The incident in Aksu prefecture, in the far west, is the latest violent incident in the restive region, home to mostly Muslim ethnic Uighurs.

Authorities routinely attribute such incidents to "terrorists", and argue that China faces a violent separatist movement in the area motivated by religious extremism and linked to foreign terrorist groups. Xinjiang police and information officers reached by phone declined to comment, said AFP.

Wushi government officials could not be reached.