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Death toll in Xinjiang riot rises to 156

2009-07-06 17:44:20 GMT2009-07-07 01:44:20 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

URUMQI,July 7 (Xinhua) -- Death toll has risen to 156 following the riot Sunday evening in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the regional police authorities said Monday night.

The police put the death toll at 140 as of midday of Monday. Among the 16 newly reported dead, some died in hospitals and others were recovered from street corners, the police said.

More than 700 suspects had been detained by Monday evening.

Police have got clues that some people were trying to organize more unrests in Kashi City, Yili Kazak Prefecture and Aksu City.

In Urumqi, the regional public security department commanded raids to several groups who allegedly plotted unrests in Dawan Township in Tianshan District and a former race course where floating population gathered.

A large number of suspects were arrested during the raids while there were no casualties among police officers.

In Kashi, more than 200 rioters trying to gather at the Id Kah Mosque, the largest mosque in China, were dispersed by police at about 6 p.m. Monday.

Most of the shops in the Kashi were closed amid the current tension. Only several restaurants run by Uygur people were open at about 10 p.m., the time for night snack in a normal period. Few people were seen in the streets.

The police had set checkpoints at crossroads from the Kashi airport to the downtown areas.

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