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Ethnic violence hits China region
BBC News World Edition
Monday, 1 November, 2004, 14:19 GMT
Martial law has been imposed in parts of the Chinese province of Henan
after ethnic clashes in which at least seven people were killed.
More than 40 people were also injured in the violence, and 18 were
arrested, China's Xinhua news agency reported.
The clashes were between members of China's majority Han community and
the Muslim Hui ethnic group.
Residents are quoted as saying that houses were set alight, and people
were fighting using farm tools.
Xinhua did not say that the clash was between Hui and the Han people.
China's ruling Communist Party, which keeps strict control over the
media, plays down any reports of ethnic tensions, out of fear of
Neither is it clear exactly what triggered the violence.
But it appears to be the worst incident between the Hui and Han people
in several years.
According to Xinhua, the violence started on 27 October when Mr Lu,
from Nanren village, began a fight with Mr Liu, from nearby Nanwei
The fight was allegedly about a traffic accident, which according to a
separate report in the New York Times involved a Hui taxi driver
running over a 6-year-old Han girl.
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