More Uighur-linked Violence In Xinjiang

Reports from Kuqa in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of early morning explosions and gunfire. Xinhua in a dispatch that speaks of “several” explosions says the area has been sealed off. No reports of casualties yet, or much else by way of detail come to that. Last week 16 armed police were killed in an attack on a border post in the province, for which two Uighurs were detained. First speculation inevitably is that these latest incidents may be more of the same. China regards Uighur separatists as one of the main security threats at the Beijing Olympics. It has cracked down on them in the months leading up to the games, and certainly won’t want this background noise now the Games are underway.

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