On April 23, 2013, or so it seems, 21 people were killed in the region of Xinjiang in northwest China.
According to Hou Hanmin, a Xinjiang propaganda bureau spokeswoman, a gang of 14 “suspicious people” took three community workers hostage.
When police and officials rushed to the scene, the gang attacked them with axes and large knives, murdered the hostages, set the house on fire. Hou told the New York Times that the 14 assailants were all Uighurs who “had been influenced by ‘religious extremism’ and had plotted a ‘jihad’ since the end of last year, though there was no evidence they were working with foreign forces.”
Many of the Western reporters who wrote about the incident noted the unreliability of the government’s version. “As with many such events in Xinjiang…
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