Axe attack in Chinese games room

Last updated 07:33 18/06/2014

Axe attack in China

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Three axe-wielding men have attacked a crowded games room in China's western region of Xinjiang, in a clash that drew armed security forces.

Two of the attackers were killed and the third one wounded and captured.

State run CCTV said four people, who had been playing chess in the room, were injured in the struggle but their injuries were not life threatening.

A report on the Hotan government's website said the civilians fought back and sounded an alarm, which led people from neighbuoring businesses and others to come and encircle the attackers with unspecified weapons.

Armed patrol forces soon arrived and brought the attackers under control with the help of locals.

The attack came amid a crackdown in Xinjiang following high-profile attacks on civilians.

They have been blamed on extremists from the region's Uighur minority seeking to overthrow Chinese rule. Last month, a market bombing killed 43 people in Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi.

- Reuters/AP

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