Knife-wielding attackers are said to have targeted a police station and government offices

Dozens of people have been killed or hurt in a terrorist attack in China’s Xinjiang region, according to the Xinhua news agency.

A gang armed with knives attacked a police station and government office in Elixku, Shache County.

The gang then attacked civilians and smashed vehicles in nearby town Huangdi.

The news agency, citing local police, said “dozens of Uighur and Han civilians were killed or injured” during the attack on Monday.

It added: “Police officers at the scene shot dead dozens of members of the mob.

“Initial investigation showed that it was a premeditated terror attack.”

Shache, also known by its Uighur name Yarkant, is close to the border with Tajikistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Sky’s Asia Correspondent Mark Stone said: “It’s extremely hard to verify the accuracy of news to emerge from Xinjiang province because the information flow is tightly controlled and foreign journalists’ movements there are heavily restricted.

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