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Four dead in attack on China police station: Xinhua

At least four people were killed when a crowd attacked a police station on Monday in the latest bout of deadly unrest in China's restive Xinjiang region, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

world Updated: Jul 18, 2011 16:37 IST

At least four people were killed when a crowd attacked a police station on Monday in the latest bout of deadly unrest in China's restive Xinjiang region, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The dead included two security officers and two people who had been taken hostage in the incident in the remote city of Hotan, it said.

In a separate report, Xinhua said an unspecified number of attackers had also been killed, but gave no details.

The clashes broke out when a group of people attacked the police station, took hostages and set fire to the building, the report said, adding that the situation had now been brought under control.

Xinjiang witnessed the worst ethnic violence China has seen in decades in 2009, in clashes between Muslim Uighurs and members of the majority Han ethnic group.

The unrest, which lasted for days, was largely fuelled by Uighur resentment over China's rule of Xinjiang.

According to Amnesty International, hundreds of people have been detained and prosecuted since those riots, with several dozen sentenced to death or executed and many more sentenced to long prison terms.