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Paramilitary police officers patrol on a track near the Grand Bazaar in Urumqi, western China's Xinjiang province July 12, 2009. / Eugene Hoshiko, AP

BEIJING (AP) - Chinese state media say 16 people were killed when assailants attacked police officers in the restive western region of Xinjiang.

The region's official news portal Tianshan Net reported Monday that knife-wielding assailants hurled explosive devices at police in Shufu county of Kashgar prefecture.

Tianshan Net says two police officers died in the attack while 14 attackers were shot and killed. Another two assailants were arrested.

Xinjiang has long been home to a simmering rebellion against Chinese rule among parts of the Muslim Uighur population.



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