On Wednesday, attackers drove a car into a government building in China’s unruly far western region of Xinjiang and set off an explosive device killing two persons.
At around 4:50 p.m. Wednesday, the three rioters entered the yard of Moyu County Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in a vehicle, attacked workers with knives and detonated an explosive device.
Police shot and killed all the attackers, while an official and a security worker were also killed and three others were injured.
The local government had earlier said that four attackers had been involved, but the latest Xinhua report said there were only three. Social order had been restored, without identifying the attackers.
An investigation is going on.
Hundreds of people have been killed in recent years in resource-rich Xinjiang, on the borders of central Asia, in violence between the Muslim Uighur people who call the region home and ethnic majority Han Chinese.
China has been blaming separatist outfit, East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), for the violent attacks in the province and the rest of the country.
In November 2015, 28 suspected militants were killed over the course of a 56-day manhunt following an attack on a colliery in Aksu two months earlier that left 16 people dead.