Blast rocks railway station in China’s Xinjiang

An explosion today rocked a railway station in Urumqi, capital of China’s volatile Muslim-majority Xinjiang province.

Details about the blast and casualties are unclear, state-run Xinhua news agency reported, citing officials.

Ambulances and police cars have rushed to the scene.

The blast came days after the first visit of President Xi Jinping to Xinjiang which in recent years witnessed a spurt in attacks by Islamic militants as province experienced ethnic tensions between native Uygur Muslims and Han Chinese settlers from other provinces.

Xi visited an armed police team in Kashgar, the border town close to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, on Sunday where he acknowledged the complicated situation and the hardship the soldiers have endured.

Kashgar bore the brunt of attacks of Islamic militants as the security situation became tenuous with increasing tensions between Uygurs and Han settlers.

Thirty three people were killed 143 injured in knife attacks by a group of militants on passengers at Kunming Railway station on March 1.