Police in China shoot dead six 'mobsters' in restive Xinjiang

January 12, 2015 7:20 AM

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BEIJING (Reuters) - A group of "mobsters" tried to set off an explosive device in a business district in China's troubled western region of Xinjiang, prompting police to shoot six of them dead, the local government said on Monday.

Hundreds of people have been killed in resource-rich Xinjiang, strategically located on the borders of central Asia, in violence in the past two years between the Muslim Uighur people who call the region home and ethnic majority Han Chinese.

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