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Chinese authorities kill seven suspected kidnappers in Xinjian
Authorities rescue two alleged hostages in standoff
- December 29, 2011
The deceased were believed to be part of a "terror gang", state media said. Four others were wounded and arrested.
The hostages were taken late on Wednesday in Pishan county, southern Xinjiang, a government spokesman told Xinhua, China's state-run news agency.
It was not clear if the incident was related to ethnic tensions and clashes in the area.
However an official from the Xinjiang government told the BBC that the two hostages were Uighur shepherds who were looking for missing goats in the mountain areas on Wednesday night when they were abducted by the gang - also Uighurs.
The official said it was an "individual incident".
Pishan, near the Taklamakan Desert, is located in the largely Muslim Uighur area of Xinjiang.
Full story: Seven 'kidnappers' killed in China's Xinjian