Three terror suspects were killed in a police raid on Sunday night in Hotan prefecture, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, local media reported Monday.
The suspects were believed by the authorities to have conducted an attack in Hotan's Pishan county on April 22, 2015. The attack was never officially revealed by authorities.
Ts.cn, a news portal affiliated with the regional government, said the three people violently resisted arrest during the raid and were shot dead at around 8:00 pm Sunday night. No police officer was hurt.
The Xinjiang authorities are stepping up their anti-terrorism efforts. Chen Quanguo, Party chief of Xinjiang, said during a government video conference on Saturday that maintaining stability is a major task for all levels of the Xinjiang governments, and this mission overrides all other work.
In a recent incident, terrorists stormed a Moyu government compound in Hotan and detonated homemade bombs, killing an official and a security guard on December 28, 2016. Three attackers were shot dead at the scene, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
Several local officials have since been removed or placed under investigation for dereliction of duty and suspected violation of discipline, including Moyu's Party chief He Jun and Zhang Jinbiao, Party chief of Hotan prefecture, according to Xinhua.