|Moyu (Karakax) County
墨玉县 • قاراقاش ناھىيىسى
Location of the county
|Prefecture-level divisions||Hotan Prefecture|
|• Total||25,667 km2 (9,910 sq mi)|
|Population (2002)||420 000|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
|Website||قاراقاش ناھىيەلىك خەلق ھۆكۈمىتى ئاممىۋى ئۇچۇر تورى|
Moyu (Karakax) County or Qaraqash County (Chinese: 墨玉县, Pinyin: Mòyù Xiàn; Uyghur: قاراقاش ناھىيىسى, Қарақаш Наһийиси, ULY: Qaraqash Nahiyisi, UYY: K̡arak̡ax Nah̡iyisi?) is a county within the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and is under the administration of the Hotan Prefecture. It contains an area of 25,667 km2. According to the 2002 census, it has a population of 420,000.
In December 2016, the Communist Party office in Moyu County was reportedly attacked by assailants using knives and improvised explosive devices, leading to the deaths of two government employees and three assailants.
- The official spelling is "Karakax" according to Zhōngguó dìmínglù 中国地名录 (Beijing, SinoMaps Press 中国地图出版社 1997); ISBN 7-5031-1718-4; p. 312.
- Watt, Louise (December 29, 2016). "China: Police shoot dead 3 who killed 2 in Xinjiang attack". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
Three “rioters” drove into Moyu County’s Communist Party courtyard in a vehicle, attacked workers with knives and detonated an explosive device, Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the Ministry of Public Security. It said an official and security guard were killed. A ministry press officer, who would only identify herself by her surname, Wang, confirmed the information in the report.
- Hernández, Javier C. (December 29, 2016). "China Says 5 Killed in Attack at Communist Party Office in Xinjiang". The New York Times. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
The confrontation erupted shortly before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, according to Xinhua. Several people emerged from a car and began attacking government employees with knives before detonating a bomb, Xinhua reported. A party official and a security guard were killed, according to Xinhua, and three others were injured.
- Ng, Teddy (December 29, 2016). "Five dead in car bomb terror attack in China's western Xinjiang region, official media reports". South China Morning Post. Archived from the original on December 29, 2016.
A car carrying the attackers crashed into the yard of the office building of the local Communist Party committee in Karakax county at 4.50pm, and a home-made explosive device was ignited, according to the news portal of the Xinjiang government. Police shot and killed the three attackers, while an official and a security worker were also killed and three others were injured, Xinhua reported, quoting the Ministry of Public Security.
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