Hui Muslims targeted in Kazakhstan ethnic clashes


At least eight people were killed, dozens injured and nearly 50 homes and shops set on fire¬†in ethnic clashes that broke out¬†in a border region of Kazakhstan Feb. 8. The fighting was centered in¬†Masanchi village¬†in¬†Kordai district¬†of southern¬†Zhambyl province (also rendered Jambyl), near the border with Kyrgyzstan.¬†Ethnic Kazakhs reportedly set upon members of the Dungan minority group and Hui Muslims, related¬†groups that migrated from China in the 19th century and are more numerous across the border in¬†Kyrgyzstan. Rioters also fought with police when they tried to intervene. While it is unclear what sparked the violence, rumors and incitement on social media appear to have played a role.¬†Interior Minister Yerlan Turgumbayev said: “Provocateurs…called for violence through social networks. Hooligans used rebar, stones and other implements. Police officers sustained numerous injuries, two received gunshot wounds. Seven people have been detained and two hunting rifles have been confiscated.” (BBC News, Al Jazeera, Reuters, EurasiaNet)

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