China: Crackdown which left 14 dead 'within the law'

A police crackdown in the restive western region of Xinjiang which left 14 people dead was "within the law", a spokesperson for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Hua Chunying said assailants "used explosive devices to attack police officers" and attacked them with knives.

He added: "This is a case which lays bare the anti-government and anti-human nature of the terrorists and deserves to be condemned by all those who love peace and stability."

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Chinese police 'shoot 14 dead' during Xinjiang riot

Chinese police have apparently shot dead 14 people during a riot which also saw two officers killed. The police crackdown in the western region of Xinjiang was "within the law", a spokesperson for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.