12 Rioters Confirmed Shot Dead in July Unrest

Global Times gives an update on the police action in Urumqi to apprehend those responsible for the deadly riots in the city last month:

Li is among the police officers who had been taken into the northwestern city by 31 flights from other parts of the country to join the policing in Xinjiang.

Authorities in Xinjiang confirmed yesterday that innocent civilians accounted for 156 of the 197 lives lost in the Urumqi riot July 5.

Twelve people were shot and killed while allegedly committing violence or criminal activities. The identities of the remainder have yet to be determined, said Hou Hanmin, spokesman of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Regional Government.

In terms of ethnicity, of the 156 civilians killed, 134 were Han Chinese, 11 were from the Hui ethnic group, 10 were Uygurs, and one was from the Man ethnic group.

Hou denied foreign media reports that an associate professor of the ethnic Uygur group at Beijing’s Minzu University had been detained on suspicion of being involved in the Urumqi riot.

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