Uighur people pray at their street-side kebab stall in Shanghai, March 28, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song
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The head of a China's largest mosque was murdered after conducting morning prayers, the local government in the far western region of Xinjiang said Thursday, amid intensifying violence in the turbulent region.Xinjiang, home to China's mostly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority, has seen escalating violence which in the past year has spilled over into other parts of China.US-based RFA said that Tahir had been critical of violence carried out by Uighurs, and China's official Xinhua news agency in early July quoted him as condemning terrorist violence carried out in the name of ethnicity and religion.The killing came two days after dozens of people died in violence between Uighurs and security authorities in the Kashgar region.
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