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At least 13 people were killed in China's Xinjiang Autonomous region over the weekend, while police shot dead another five.
The attacks occurred in two separate spats of violence in the city of Kashgar.
Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency reported seven people died while 28 others were wounded. It was in the first incident at a night market on Saturday evening.
According to the AFP report, a Chinese authorities spokeswoman stated the two knife-wielding attackers were both Uighurs. One was killed in the violence while a second suspect was detained.
Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency reported Sunday—in a second incident—armed rioters killed six people. Two were skilled in a restaurant while four others were hacked randomly. Twelve civilians and three policemen were wounded.
The city has been placed under curfew as Chinese paramilitary police patrol the streets.
According to AP, an overseas ethnic activist group is concerned the weekend's violence could trigger a fresh crackdown on minority Uighurs by the Chinese regime.