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Blast at Xinjiang school injures 17, say China media

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Chinese state media says 17 people, including 12 children, have been hurt in an explosion at a religious school in the restive Xinjiang province.

The blast took place during a police raid on an "illegal" school on Wednesday, the Global Times reported.

An overseas rights group told BBC Chinese that paramilitary troops had used tear gas.

The injured children "suffered mild burns". Police "rescued" another 54 of them, Chinese state media said.

The authorities said they had received a tip-off from a parent whose child was being held at the Koran teaching centre in Hotan city, located on the fifth floor of a residential building, according to the Global Times report.

When police arrived at the scene, the suspects lit home-made explosives that sparked a fire, said the report, citing Hou Hanmin, chief of the regional information office.

A spokesman for the World Uighur Congress, a German-based exile group, said "both sides were involved in a clash" at the school which was teaching the Koran.

''Authorities used tear gas causing injuries on both sides," said the group's spokesman Dilxat Raxit.


Almost half of Xinjiang's residents are Uighurs, Turkic-speaking Muslims with cultural and ethnic links to Central Asia.

China claims it faces an organised terrorist threat from radical Muslims in Xinjiang, but Uighur activists say citizens are angry at Beijing's heavy-handed rule in the region.

The Chinese government only permits a small number of licensed religious schools and has recently stepped up a campaign against unlicensed schools in Xinjiang.

Nine men were sentenced to jail for between six and 15 years last month in Kashgar for charges related to illegal religious teaching, said an Associated Press report.

Uighur allegations of discrimination and marginalisation have been behind anti-Han Chinese and separatist sentiment in Xinjiang since the 1990s.

Security has been high in the north-western province since riots in 2009 in the capital Urumqi between Uighurs and Han migrants.

Nearly 200 people were killed in that unrest, most of them Han, according to officials.

Further violence broke out in July 2011 and left 32 people dead.



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China should start taking stringent actions to control the situation.....otherwise things may get out of control resulting loss of many innocent lives.....learn from our mistakes...
 

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There was also speculation that Al qaeda is moving to Xinjiang province as US and Pakistan have pushed them away from their centers in Afghanistan and Pakistan.....

China has already asked Pakistan to take necessary actions.

BBC News - China urges Pakistan to expel Uighur Islamic militants

Chinese Official: Xinjiang Militants Have Ties to Pakistan Groups - WSJ.com
 

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From Tibet to Xinjiang these hans have tried to suppress the local's but i predict things will come to a boil in the near future.
 

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From Tibet to Xinjiang these hans have tried to suppress the local's but i predict things will come to a boil in the near future.
How exactly is fighting militants suppressing in fact the police got a tip from one of the parents and intervene.
 

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How exactly is fighting militants suppressing in fact the police got a tip from one of the parents and intervene.

You did not read the article did you?

Uighur allegations of discrimination and marginalisation have been behind anti-Han Chinese and separatist sentiment in Xinjiang since the 1990s.

Hans have invaded these lands in millions trying to change the demographics of the region
 

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Uighurs and China's Xinjiang Region - Council on Foreign Relations

Han Migration and Ethnic Tension

The increasing number of jobs in Xinjiang has meant rising levels of migrant workers to the region, many of whom are ethnically Han. The Chinese government does not count the number of workers that travel to Xinjiang, but reports say the Han population has risen dramatically, from 6.7 percent (220,000) in 1949 to 40 percent (8.4 million) in 2008. According to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), the Chinese government "provides incentives for migration to the region from elsewhere in China, in the name of recruiting talent and promoting stability" (PDF).
 

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You did not read the article did you?

Uighur allegations of discrimination and marginalisation have been behind anti-Han Chinese and separatist sentiment in Xinjiang since the 1990s.

Hans have invaded these lands in millions trying to change the demographics of the region
Of course I'm aware of the of but that fact your moving from the news to different issues, the article was about a raid on a illegal school. nope the uighurs treated better then most of the minorities however they themselves cannot integrate into society it makes it worse for other muslims in china like my people the hui, behind all the riots uighurs have started the most and killed the most han, kazakh, and hui thats fact, and no the uighurs aren't able to do the jobs do to poorer education this is why han, huis, and kazkahs are doing them.

There was also speculation that Al qaeda is moving to Xinjiang province as US and Pakistan have pushed them away from their centers in Afghanistan and Pakistan.....

China has already asked Pakistan to take necessary actions.

BBC News - China urges Pakistan to expel Uighur Islamic militants

Chinese Official: Xinjiang Militants Have Ties to Pakistan Groups - WSJ.com

There is no Al Qaeda in Xinjiang only the East Turkestan Islamic which is pretty much dead their leaders have been killed off and the only thing they can do is few bombings, kidnappings and attack police stations other then that noting.
 

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According to Bequelin, Uighurs are also upset by what they consider Chinese attempts to "refashion their cultural and religious identity." In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Rebiyah Kadeer, who heads the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) based in Germany, condemned China for its "fierce repression of religious expression" and "its intolerance for any expression of discontent." Beijing officials respond to these accusations by saying they respect China's ethnic minorities and have improved the quality of life for Uighurs by raising economic, public health, and education levels in Xinjiang.
 

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