These are not first terror attacks in Xinjiang this year. On April 30, after a blast at the railway station in Urumqi, the autonomous region’s administrative centre, militants armed with knives attacked passengers. Three were killed, 79 injured. On May 22, suicide bombers on cars ran into the crows killing 31 and injuring 94.
Over the last months, Xinjiang police eliminated 32 underground organizations and arrested 380 members; 315 have already been sentenced to death and different prison terms, Chinese media report.