Chinese authorities say seven people were killed and 28 injured by knife-wielding assailants in Xinjiang, in the latest bout of unrest to hit the ethnically-tense region.
One of the attackers was later killed in the violence that erupted in Kashgar city – the second attack this month in Xinjiang, where the mainly Muslim Uighur minority has long resented Chinese rule.
Hou Hanmin, spokeswoman for the government of the northwestern region, says the attackers were both Uighurs, adding the suspect who was still alive had been detained.
“The case is still under investigation so I don’t have more information,” she said.
The two suspects hijacked a truck, killed the driver, and ploughed the vehicle into passers-by on a nearby pavement.
They then stabbed people at random, leaving six bystanders dead before the crowd turned on them and killed one attacker.
The attack is the latest bout of violence to hit Xinjiang — home to more than eight million Turkic-speaking Uighurs — that has long been plagued by unrest.
Earlier this month, more than 20 people were killed in a violent clash with police in the remote city of Hotan.