Explosions, clashes with police in China's restive Xinjiang region leave 12 dead

Chinese state media say six people have died in explosions and another six were shot dead by police in fresh violence in the far west region of Xinjiang, home to the restive ethnic minority Uighurs.

The Tianshan news portal, run by the regional Communist Party, said that assailants threw explosives at police Friday in Xinhe county in the Aksu prefecture. It says police killed six and captured five suspects.

The official Xinhua News Agency said another six people died in three blasts that hit a hair salon, a produce market and a vehicle.

The case is under investigation. Xinjiang is home to low-intensity insurgency by native Uighurs against what they see as discrimination and religious suppression by China's majority Han people.