Chinese state media report heavy casualties in attack in northwestern Xinjiang region

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Chinese state media say dozens of people have been killed and many more injured in the latest violence blamed on militants in the northwestern region of Xinjiang.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday night that the violence took place Monday morning in Shache county near the city of Kashgar.

It said a gang armed with knives attacked a police station and government offices in the township of Elixku. They then moved to another township, attacking civilians and smashing vehicles along the way.

Xinhua said dozens of people were killed or injured in the attacks. It also said police shot and killed dozens of the attackers.

There has been increasing violence in Xinjiang in recent months blamed on pro-independence militants from the region's native Turkic Uighur Muslim ethnic group.