Peace and Freedom

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Map of China-Vietnam border at Guangxi

Police in China have shot dead two Uighurs who were among a group trying to illegally cross into Vietnam, state media say.

The incident happened at the border town of Pingxiang in Guanxi province on Sunday night.

Officials are searching for one man who escaped, the reports say.

Authorities have blamed recent terror attacks on Uighur separatists. Activists say the Turkic Muslim minority has been repressed.

Sunday’s shooting comes after recent reports of other attempts made by Uighurs, who are Chinese nationals who mostly live in the far western region of Xinjiang, to cross from China into neighbouring countries.

State-owned news agency China News Service reported that an unspecified number of Uighurs from Xinjiang had got into “conflict” with police near an expressway tollbooth at around 20:00 on Sunday…

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