At least 12 people were killed in violence in China’s western Xinjiang region, state media reported on Saturday, following three bomb attacks in a remote county.

Six people were killed after three explosions struck a market in the town of Xinhe, located in the Aksu prefecture of the Muslim-majority region. A state media report said attackers had also thrown explosives at police, following which the authorities shot dead six people and detained five others.

The attacks follow a spate of similar incidents last year. Chinese officials have blamed the violence on local Uighur separatist groups.

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