China claims to kill 28 ‘terrorists’ after massive manhunt

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Chinese forces have killed 28 “terrorists” they claim were responsible for a deadly knife attack at a coal mine in Xinjiang in September, authorities announced on Friday.

The deceased were reportedly a group of knife-wielding assailants who attacked a coal mine in Aksu, Xinjiang, in September. During that attack, 16 people were killed and 18 people were injured, authorities said.

Free Radio Asia reported at the time that the assailants rammed trucks loaded with coal into the police vehicles, before fleeing into the mountains. Five police officers were among the fatalities.

In the aftermath of the attack, authorities launched a manhunt that lasted for 56 days, in which 10,000 people had participated. The operation ended when one assailant surrendered and 28 others were killed, Xinjiang Daily reported.

Free Radio Asia reported that women and children were among the suspects killed in the raid, which has not been verified by the authorities.

The authorities did not disclose the full identities of the “terrorists”, apart from the two leaders who appeared to have Uighur names. Authorities also claimed the gang was under the command of a foreign extremist group.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Location of the coal mine attack
2. Assailants attack people at the coal mine; number of deaths and injured
3. Assailants ram a truck into a police car
4. Police search for the assailants in the mountains for 56 days
5. Police shoot at the assailants off-camera; one assailant surrendered, 28 dead

VOICEOVER (in English):

Chinese police launched an anti-terrorism operation after a group of knife-wielding assailants attacked a coal mine in Aksu, Xinjiang, in September.

That attack reportedly killed 16 people while leaving 18 others injured.

The assailants then reportedly rammed trucks loaded with coal into the police vehicles as they arrived on the scene, before fleeing into the mountains.

In the aftermath of the attack, authorities launched a manhunt that lasted for 56 days.

The operation ended with one assailant surrendering and 28 others killed.

SOURCES: Xinjiang Daily, AFP, Reuters, CNBC, Free Radio Asia
http://www.xinjiangyaou.com/xinjiang/002/1292609.shtml
http://news.yahoo.com/28-terrorist-group-members-shot-dead-chinas-xinjiang-041118375.html
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/11/20/uk-china-security-xinjiang-idUKKCN0T909U20151120
http://www.cnbc.com/2015/11/20/china-kills-28-terrorists-after-massive-manhunt-over-sogan-coal-mine-attack.html
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/suspects-11172015175006.html