Experts have questioned the Chinese government’s claim that recent attacks in the Xinjiang region were planned abroad by “Islamic extremists”.
Analysts and Xinjiang experts said on Friday there is no evidence that Chinese Muslim groups had been trained in Pakistan and Afghanistan to carry out the attacks.
Last weekend, ethnic Uighur assailants stormed a restaurant in the city of Kashgar, a city in Xinjiang, killing the owner and a waiter, and then hacking four people to death on a nearby street.
According to state media, at least 14 people were killed and 42 injured in two separate incidents.
The attacks were the latest in several bursts of violence that have jolted Xinjiang - where many Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim Turkic-speaking people, resent the influx of Han Chinese.