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Just a week after the Boston terrorist attack, another terror incident took place in Bachu County of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in which 15 police officers and community workers were killed and 6 suspects were shot dead. Instead of condemning the attacks, the US State Department on Wednesday urged China to "provide all Chinese citizens, including Uighurs, the due process protections to which they're entitiled". Why did the US make different responses to the similar cases of terrorist attacks, one happened at home and the other in China? |
China angrily dismissed the criticism on Thursday. Hua Chunying, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said the U.S. should stop making "wild accusations about Chinese policy toward ethnic minorities."
She also blasted Washington for failing to condemn the violence. She told reporters at Thursday's regular press conference that U.S. leaders should be more sympathetic toward Chinese policies since both countries are confronted with violent terrorist attacks.
The violent attacks happened around Tuesday noon in a town of Bachu County, Kashgar Prefecture, some 1,200 km southwest of Urumqi, regional capital of Xinjiang.
Three community workers discovered suspicious individuals and knives in the home of a local resident. They then reported the situation to their supervisors via phone, but were seized by the suspects who had been hiding in the house.
Police officers and community officials from the township rushed to the scene, but were attacked and killed by the suspects, who also killed the three community workers they had seized earlier and burned the house.
Other police officers who arrived at the scene shot the suspects and got the situation under control.
Two other people from the authorities were also injured in the clash, and eight terrorist suspects were captured.
An initial investigation has indicated that the suspects are all terrorists who were planning on violent attacks.