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Violence has gripped China's Xinjiang region since 2008
Violence has gripped China's Xinjiang region since 2008

A timeline of recent violent incidents linked to tensions in China's far northwestern region of Xinjiang between its native Turkic Muslim Uighur ethnic group and China's majority Han. China tightly controls information about such incidents, and it's not always clear what transpired or the exact number of victims and attackers killed. Aug. 4, 2008: Two Uighur men steal a dump truck and drive it into a group of policemen in the far western city of Kashgar, killing 16 people. The attack comes just days ahead of the opening of the Beijing Olympics, fulfilling expectations that extremists would attempt to disrupt the games. July 5-7, 2009: Violence breaks out between police and...

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