HONG KONG -- China's state-run media on Thursday called a deadly clash a day earlier in an ethnically divided far western region a "terrorist attack," and raised the death toll from the bloodshed.
An earlier report from China's official news agency, Xinhua, said 27 people had died in the violence that erupted in the Xinjiang region, where there are tensions between Uighurs, an overwhelmingly Muslim Turkic ethnic minority, and China's Han majority. But a new report from Xinhua gave a total death toll of 35.
It said 24 people, including 16 Uighurs, were killed by rioters. Also, the police shot and killed 11 of the rioters, who had attacked a police station, a squad of antiriot police officers and government offices in Lukqun, a township in Turpan Prefecture, Xinhua said. The report gave no explanation for the attack.
The Chinese government often calls incidents of Uighur violence in Xinjiang terrorist attacks.
Advocates of Uighur self-rule and other critics say the government grossly exaggerates the level of organization behind the unrest.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.