Police in southwestern China shot dead one person and detained 21 others who were part of a group of “religious extremists” trying to cross the border into Vietnam, state media said on Wednesday.
The reports, carried by state television and the official Xinhua news agency, did not say where the group was from, but small numbers of Uighurs from China's far western region of Xinjiang have begun trickling out of China to Southeast Asia in recent years.
Police received a tip that the group was to enter Vietnam through the border town of Pingxiang and that they ambushed the group's two vehicles on Sunday night, AP reported on Wednesday, citing a statement of the Chongzuo government.
As police handcuffed members of the group, one member suddenly jumped out of bushes and stabbed at a policeman with a knife, the statement said.
Two officers immediately shot and killed that person, the statement said, and police reinforcements helped detain the 21 others.
The policeman was recovering at a local hospital, according to the statement.