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Singapore 'strongly condemns' Urumqi attack

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has “strongly condemned” a deadly attack on a street market in the restive Xinjiang region.

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) issued a statement Friday (May 23) to “strongly condemn” a deadly attack on a street market in Urumqi yesterday.

“This series of attacks over the last few months has become more violent and is a cause for serious concern. Such acts of terror against innocent members of the public cannot be justified under any circumstances,” the MFA spokesman said.

At least 31 people were killed and more than 94 injured when two vehicles ploughed into shoppers at an open-air market in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang in China, on Thursday morning. Chinese state media reported today that five suspects "blew themselves up" in the attack.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of lives from this incident, and express our deepest sympathies and condolences to the victims and their families. We hope that those responsible will be brought to justice swiftly,” MFA said.  

The attack was described by authorities as the latest "severe terrorist incident" to hit the volatile Xinjiang region, home to China's mainly Muslim Uighur minority.

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