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China points to suicide blast in Urumqi attack

URUMQI, China >> Chinese authorities say two religious extremists carried out a terror attack at a train station in far-western Xinjiang region by detonating explosives, in an apparent suicide bombing that also killed one other person and wounded 79.

The official website for Xinjiang’s regional government said Thursday that police identified two suspects with a history of religious extremism, including a 39-year-old man from southern Xinjiang.

It did not explicitly call Wednesday’s attack in the regional capital of Urumqi a suicide bombing, but said the two men detonated explosives at a train station exit and both died on the spot.

It was the third high-profile attack in seven months blamed on Xinjiang extremists that targeted civilians, in a departure from a previous pattern of primarily targeting authorities in the long-simmering insurgency.

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