#AceWorldNews – XINJIANG – UYGHUR – April 14 – (RFA) – Police in China’s north-western Xinjiang region shot and killed an ethnic minority Uyghur student motorcyclist and wounded two of his pillion riders after they allegedly beat a traffic light on the weekend, sparking mammoth protests over the violent action, according to residents.
High School student Abdulbasit Ablimit, 17, died on the spot after he was shot from behind by policemen on patrol late Saturday in Kelpin county in Aksu prefecture while the two other Uyghurs who suffered gunshot wounds have been detained, the residents said.
“I’m not sure whether he did not see the red light signal or he intentionally beat the red light,” a Kelpin county employee told RFA’s Uyghur Service, speaking on condition of anonymity. “The police shot him from the back and killed him.”
“In our county, traffic police always stop motorcyclists and check their licence and ID card,” said another resident, also speaking anonymously. “Possibly, the young guy did not have any documents with him and fearing he would be fined, sped away and was shot by the police.”