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5 sentenced over deadly northwest China violence

5 sentenced over deadly clash amid ethnic, religious tensions in northwest China's Xinjiang

5 sentenced over deadly northwest China violence

BEIJING (AP) -- State media say two men have been sentenced to death and three others to prison terms over a clash in northwest China's tense Xinjiang region.

The Xinhua News Agency said the violence on April 23 in which 21 people died was committed by Muslim extremists inspired by jihadi propaganda. The alleged leader, Musa Hesen, was sentenced to death for murder, forming and leading a terrorist organization and illegally manufacturing explosives.

Another defendant, Rehman Hupur, also received the death sentence for murder and belonging to a terrorist organization. The sentences imposed on three others Monday ranged from nine years to life in prison.

Court officials were not immediately available for comment Tuesday.

The assailants in the clash outside the city of Kashgar were members of the Turkic Uighur ethnic minority.

Updated : 2021-05-17 00:35 GMT+08:00