Vietnam strongly condemned the brutal terrorist attack that rocked Urumqi, the capital of China’s Xinjiang region, on Thursday
“We extend our deep condolences to the Chinese people and the relatives of the victims. We believe that the culprits will be strictly punished,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said in a statement.
At least 31 people were killed and more than 90 others were wounded as assailants in two off-road vehicles ploughed into shoppers and set off explosions at a street market in Urumqi on Thursday.
Explosives were flung out of the vehicle windows, Xinhua news agency said, citing witness reports.
One of the cars exploded.
Chinese authorities called the attack in the capital of the troubled Xinjiang region a “serious violent terrorist incident”. President Xi Jinping pledged to “severely punish violent terrorists” and “crack down on them with a heavy fist.”
China has blamed a series of knife and bomb attacks in recent months on separatist militants from Xinjiang, the traditional home of ethnic Muslim Uighurs.
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