Urumuqi Death Toll Rises to 156

By Liu Peng
Published: 2009-07-07

Another sixteen victims were reported killed in the violent clashes that erupted in Urumuqi on July 5, taking the total death toll up to 156, according to state news agency Xinhua reports on Tuesday.

Those killed included 129 men and 27 women, according to Xinhua who quoted Li Yi, head of the Communist Party of China Xinjiang regional committee's publicity department.

He added the number of those injured in the violent clashes had risen to 1,080. At present, local police have arrested 1,434 people, including 1,379 men and 55 women, in connection with the violence.

A day earlier, some 260 motor vehicles, 203 shops and 14 civilian homes were reported to be destroyed in the riots.