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Xinjiang kidnapping gang suspected of religious extremism

12-29-2011 19:48 BJT

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Police in Northwest China’s Xinjiang have shot dead seven "kidnappers in a hostage rescue". They were members of a "terror gang" who may have been influenced by Muslim hardliners.

The kidnappers took two people hostage late on Wednesday in Pishan County in the far southern part of Xinjiang, close to the borders of India and Pakistan.

When police responded, the assailants launched assaults, killing one officer and injuring another". Seven of the kidnappers were shot dead, and four were wounded and arrested.

The two hostages were freed. Xinhua news agency says "there was speculation that the kidnapping was linked to a surge in religious extremism".

 

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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