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31 dead, 94 injured in Urumqi explosions

Publication Date : 22-05-2014


Thirty-one people died and more than 90 injured from explosions at an open air market in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

China's Ministry of Public Security called the incident as a "serious violent terrorist incident".

In a statement, domestic security chief Meng Jianzhu vowed to "destroy the arrogance of violent terrorists".

The statement noted that public security authorities have taken emergency measures.

According to Xinhua, witnesses said two cross-country vehicles driving from north to south ploughed into people in the market at 7:50 am. Explosives were thrown out of the vehicles. One of the vehicles exploded in the market.

A business runner in the market told Xinhua he heard a dozen of big bangs.

The open air morning market is located near the Renmin Park in downtown Urumqi. Ambulance and police cars are parking at the entrance of Park North Street leading to the market.

Flames and heavy smoke were seen. The scene has been cordoned off.


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