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Explosions in China market; many feared dead, injured
Thursday May 22, 2014 8:41 AM, Agencies

Explosions at a market in China's Xinjiang Uygur region left an unknown number of people killed and injured Thursday morning, Xinhua reported.

China Market blast
[Fire can be seen in the aftermath of an explosion. (Weibo)]

The explosions occurred at an open market in Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang Uygur region. All the injured were rushed to several hospitals, police said.

Two cross-country vehicles driving from north to south ploughed into people in the market at 7.50 a.m. Explosives were thrown out of the vehicles, witnesses said.
One of the vehicles exploded in the market. A business man in the market claimed to have heard a dozen of big bangs.

A business owner told Xinhua he had heard a dozen big bangs.

The blasts occurred at an open air morning market near Renmin Park in downtown Urumqi. Flames and heavy smoke were seen nearby while the area had been cordoned off after the blast.

Xinjiang has been plagued by violence for years, but rights activists and exile groups say the government's own heavy handed policies in the region have sowed the seeds of unrest.

Photos posted on social media purportedly of the blast, but unverified by Reuters, showed a column of smoke and chaos at the market, with bloodied people lying on the tree-lined road near small stands selling fruit, vegetables and eggs.

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