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Attack at market in China kills 31.

                                                                                                                                                                       At least 31 people died and over 90 were injured Thursday morning when attackers drove two cars into shoppers, and threw explosives, at an open-air market in the northwest Chinese city of Urumqi, state media reported.
China's Ministry of Public Security called it a "violent terrorist incident."
The attack marks the latest and deadliest of several recent attacks in the restive region of Xinjiang, of which Urumqi is the capital, and also elsewhere in China.
Authorities have blamed these attacks on terrorists and separatists seeking independence from China for Xinjiang. Some of its native Uighur people oppose Beijing's rule and chafe at government policies they complain repress their culture and religion.

State news agency Xinhua reported witnesses saying that two vehicles ploughed into people in the market at 7:50 a.m. Thursday local time. "Explosives were thrown out of the vehicles. One of the vehicles exploded in the market," said Xinhua.
Photos posted by witnesses on Chinese social media sites offered glimpses of the chaos and carnage in Urumqi, about 1,550 miles west of Beijing. One photo showed three bodies on the back of a truck; others showed injured people on the ground, where fruit and vegetables also lay scattered around, and a burning vehicle later removed by authorities.
State media did not immediately identify the victims' ethnic group.
While Xinjiang is home to the Uighur minority, a Turkic-speaking, mostly Muslim people, most residents of Urumqi are Han Chinese, members of China's majority ethnic group, who have flooded into Xinjiang in recent decades, stirring long-held tensions. Ethnic riots in the city in 2009 killed nearly 200 people, mostly Han.
On April 30, the last day of a visit to the region by China's Communist Party leader Xi Jinping, assailants used knives and explosives to attack passengers at an Urumqi railway station in Urumqi, killing one and wounding 79. Xi vowed a long-term security crackdown.
Thursday, Xi pledged to severely punish terrorists and spare no efforts in maintaining stability, reported Xinhua. Uighur activists abroad say the ever-tighter security measures contribute to the cycle of violence in Xinjiang.
China's government has long hoped that with enough investment and growth in Xinjiang, "they will get along," but such harmony remains elusive, said Christopher Johnson, a China expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
An attack in Beijing last year, and a massacre with knives in southwestern Kunming this March, show that "the Uighurs are now beginning to operate outside of Xinjiang, a major change in their operational tactics," said Johnson. "They have a logistical network the government is not aware of," he said.

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