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Jihadist cell claims deadly attacks

A jihadist group has released a video claiming responsibility for recent attacks in western China that killed at least three dozen people.

The Site Intelligence Group, a US-based organisation that monitors militant organisations, said the video was made by the Turkistan Islamic Party, which seeks independence for China's western Xinjiang region.

The video shows the group's leader, Abdul Shakoor Damla, saying the attacks were revenge against the Chinese government.

At least three dozen people, including the attackers, were killed in the attacks in the cities of Hotan and Kashgar.

Activists and security analysts blame the violence on economic marginalisation and restrictions on Uighur culture and the Muslim religion that are breeding anger.

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