China punishes 17 officials after Xinjiang attack

January 9, 2015 4:53 AM

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China punished 17 officials in Xinjiang for security lapses surrounding deadly explosions and riots in September, state media said, as the Communist Party boss in the western region warned the fight against "terrorism" had entered a "more intense" phase.

Dozens were killed near Xinjiang's Luntai county in the unrest after explosions killed six people, triggering a shootout with police. Police shot dead 40 rioters, some of whom were seeking to blow themselves up, said state media at the time.

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