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Source: Al Jazeera

Dozens of people were killed and injured in an attack in China’s far western Xinjiang region, home to the mainly Muslim Uighur minority, state media has reported.

Xinhua news agency reported on Tueday that men armed with knives attacked a police station and government offices in Shache county early on Monday.

Xinhua reported police as saying that dozens of Uighur and Han civilians were killed or injured in a “premeditated terrorism attack”.

“Police officers at the scene shot dead dozens of members of the mob,” the report added.

Al Jazeera cannot independently verify the state news agency’s version of events.

Xinjiang has been beset by violence for years, blamed by the government on rebels the government says are bent on establishing an independent state called East Turkestan.

Beijing commonly blames the minority Uighurs for carrying out attacks, which have grown in scale over the last year and spread outside the restive region.

Among the latest incidents was a market attack in Xinjiang’s capital Urumqi in which 39 people were killed in May, and a knife rampage by at a train station at Kunming in China’s southwest in March, which killed 29.

Rights groups accuse China’s government of cultural and religious repression, which they say fuels unrest in Xinjiang.

In recent months, the Chinese government had executed several minority Uighurs accused of “terrorism”.

Rights group have questioned the secret trials being held to convict the suspects, saying they do not adhere to international standards of justice.

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