8 Killed in China Bombings

New violence from Muslim separatists rocks Xinjiang province
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Aug 10, 2008 5:58 AM CDT
A Chinese man asks for passage past a checkpoint manned by ethnic minority villagers in western China's Xinjiang province today after attackers hurled homemade bombs at nearby government buildings.   (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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(Newser) – Eight people were killed today in a dozen suicide bomb attacks on government buildings by Muslim separatists in China's restive western Xinjiang province, Reuters reports. The homemade grenade attacks and police shootout rocked the small village of Kuga, some 2,000 miles from Beijing, at dawn. Almost all of the victims were believed to be bombers.

Chinese authorities have said that the separatists seeking an independent "East Turkestan" for Muslim Uighurs are a major security concern at the Olympics. It was the second attack in Xinjiang province in a week by the same suspected group. An earlier bombing killed 16 border police. A Chinese official said the separatists "want to use the platform of the Olympics to amplify the effects" of their violence.