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Two killed in explosions in China’s Muslim-dominated Xinjiang region

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Beijing: At least two persons were killed and several others injured in a series of explosions in China’s restive Muslim-dominated Xinjiang province.
Explosions hit at least three locations in Xinjiang’s Luntai County last evening, the Tianshan news portal, run by the regional government, said in a short report this morning.
The report did not identify the explosions, which appeared to be coordinated attacks, as acts of terrorism, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.
“The local social order was normal,” the Tianshan said, indicating that there was no further unrest following the explosions.
An unspecified number of those wounded have been admitted to hospitals, the report said.
Investigations were ongoing, the Post said.
Photos in Weibo, akin Twitter in China, showed smoke billowing out in two locations with widespread damage to the vehicles.
More than half of the county’s 113,000 residents are ethnic Uygurs, according to local census information.
A series of terrorist attacks in Xinjiang shocked China this year, with the latest in early August when 37 civilians were killed and another 13 injured in Shache County of Kashgar Prefecture.
China blames the attacks on East Turkestan Islamic Movement, an al-Qaeda backed organisation active in Xinjiang province where the native Muslim Uygurs were restive over the increasing settlements of Hans from other provinces.
China is currently conducting a massive year long campaign to quell the spread of the ETIM influence in the province.

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