BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say 18 people who took part in violence that killed dozens near the country’s border with Pakistan have surrendered to police.
State media say a terrorist gang attacked a police station and government buildings in Shache county near Kashgar on July 28, killing 37 people before police shot dead 59 of the attackers.
The Xinjiang Daily, the region’s official newspaper, reported Sunday that 18 people had since surrendered. It says most of them were “ordinary people,” some of whom had been instigated or coerced into taking part in the violence without knowing the reasons for it.
Xinjiang has experienced rising unrest in recent months blamed on militants from the region’s native Muslim Turkic Uighur ethnic group who are seeking to overthrow Chinese rule.