Changing China

Giant on the move

Assailants kill 16 police in western China ahead of Games

August 4, 2008

Assailants armed with grenades and knives killed 16 police in a restive western region of China on Monday, state media said on Monday, just four days before the start of the Olympics..

The attackers drove up and tossed explosives at a border barracks in the remote Xinjiang region near the Old Silk Road city of Kashgar, news agency Xinhua reported.

They also hacked policemen. Sixteen officers were injured in the attack that Chinese police called “suspected terrorism”.

In Beijing, a 100,000-strong security force is on standby as athletes and spectators pour in for the opening ceremony. 

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