Explosion reported in China's volatile Xinjiang

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Associated Press

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Updated Thursday, May 22 at 12:04 AM

BEIJING (AP) — China's state news agency says an explosion in the capital of the volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang (shihn-jahng) is the result of a vehicle collision.

The official Xinhua (shihn-wah) News Agency says several people were rushed to a hospital. Flames and heavy smoke could be seen, as the area near a public park and open air market was cordoned off.

No other details have been given and it's not clear if anyone was killed in the early morning blast in Urumqi (uh-ROOM'-chee).

The city was the scene of a railway station bomb attack late last month that killed three people, including two attackers, and injured 79. Security in the city has been significantly tightened since the attack, which took place as Chinese leader Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) was concluding a visit to the region.

The violence has been blamed on radicals from among the region's native Turkic Uighur (WEE'-gur) Muslim population seeking to overthrow Chinese rule in the region.

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