Attack on police station in western Chinese region leaves 16 dead, state media say

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Chinese state media say 16 people were killed when assailants attacked a police station 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 a police station 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.