China: Suicide Bombers Led Attack

    Paramilitary policemen gesture to stop a photographer from taking pictures as they stand guard after an explosives attack hit downtown Urumqi on Thursday, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region May 23, 2014. Five suspects "blew themselves up" in an attack on an open market in China's troubled Xinjiang region which killed 31 people on Thursday, state media said on Friday. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic (CHINA - Tags: MILITARY CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3QGYG

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    According to the Chinese government, five suicide bombers were behind the attacks in Urumqi in the region of Xinjiang on Thursday that killed 31 people and wounded 94, most of them elderly shoppers. So far in 2014, 180 people have been killed in attacks across China, and the government blames Islamists and separatists in the Xinjiang region. In what will sound familiar to many Western victims of terrorist attacks, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement: “Judging from the many terrorist attacks that have taken place and the relevant perpetrators, they have received support from terrorist groups outside China’s borders as well as religious extremist propaganda spread via the Internet.” However, no group has taken responsibility yet for Thursday’s attack.

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