BEIJING (AP) — China says nine suspects were killed and another captured in a police action in the restive northwestern region of Xinjiang.

The official Xinhua News Agency said in a brief report that Friday’s action took place in Hotan prefecture in the southern part of the vast region. It described those killed and captured as “terror suspects” but gave no other details.

That followed the murder on Wednesday of a leading pro-government Muslim cleric in the western Xinjiang city of Kashgar. On Monday, the government said militants armed with knives and axes killed or injured dozens of people in Shache county near Kashgar.

Xinjiang has experienced rising violence in recent months pitting the authorities against militants from the region’s native Muslim Turkic Uighur ethnic group.