olice officers stand guard near a blast site in downtown Urumqi, Xinjiang, Thursday. Pic: AP.

UPDATE: A number of sources are reporting that at least 31 people were killed and more than 90 injured in this morning’s attack in Urumqi, in China’s Xinjiang region. The attackers drove two vehicles into a crowded marketplace while tossing explosives.

Chinese authorities earlier described the attack as a “severe and violent terrorist incident”.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has been quick to condemn the attacks:

 

Associated Press reported earlier:

BEIJING (AP) — China state media say attackers have crashed a pair of vehicles and tossed explosives in an attack near an open air market in the capital of China’s volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang, leaving an unknown number of people dead and injured.

The official Xinhua News Agency said several people were rushed to hospital after the blasts Thursday and flames and heavy smoke were seen at the scene, which was cordoned off.

No other details were given and it wasn’t clear if anyone had been killed in the early morning blast in the city of Urumqi.

A spokeswoman for the Xinjiang regional police department would only say that more information would be released later.

Chinese authorities have called the attack a “severe violent terrorist incident”: