Seven killed in Xinjiang blast

Media reported on Thursday that seven people were killed in an explosion that occurred near the town of Aksu in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Province, as a member of the Uighur minority had driven an explosive-laden vehicle into a crowd.

Reportedly, police forces arrested the suspect, but no information has been released concerning the potential motives of the attack so far.

However, it is worth mentioning that this province has been marked by ethnic tensions between the Uighur minority and the Han majority population and that prior attacks have been blamed on violent separatist groups who want to establish an independent state of the East Turkestan.

As a reminder, around 200 people were killed in July 2009 in the provincial capital Urumqi during ethnical violence that erupted between the two populations.
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