Imam of China’s largest mosque killed in Xinjiang

BBC / New Age Online

The imam of China’s largest mosque – in the city of Kashgar in Xinjiang – has been killed in what appears to be a targeted assassination.
Jume Tahir, 74, was reportedly stabbed after he led early morning prayers at the Id Kah mosque on Wednesday.
His killing came two days after dozens of people were reportedly killed or injured in clashes with police in Yarkant county, in the same prefecture.
The reasons for his death remain unclear.
But the BBC’s Damian Grammaticas in Beijing says Tahir, who was from Xinjiang’s mainly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority, was a vocal and public supporter of Chinese policies in the region.


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