Rioters attack Chinese police station, 4 killed

July 18th, 2011 - 8:59 pm ICT by BNO News  

BEIJING, CHINA (BNO NEWS) — At least four people were killed when a group of rioters who attacked a Chinese police station were gunned down, state-run media reported in a brief dispatch on Monday.

At around 12 p.m. local time, a group of rioters broke into a police station in the city of Hotan in China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, attacking police officers, taking hostages, and setting fires in the area, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Police counterattacked rioters in response, opening fire and shooting several rioters. Six people being held hostage were successfully freed. However, as a result of the incident, China’s Ministry of Public Security said a police officer, security personnel, and two hostages lost their lives during the incident.

At least one other security personnel was seriously injured as well, while the China’s national counter-terrorism office deployed a security team in Xinjiang. Other details were not released.

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