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Thursday May 22, 2014 MYT 12:45:58 PM
BEIJING (Reuters) - A deadly blast that hit the capital of China's western region of Xinjiang on Thursday is a "serious violent terrorist incident", China's Ministry of Public Security said.
There were major casualties in the blast, the ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
State media had earlier reported that two vehicles rammed into a crowd of people at a morning market in the city of Urumqi. Explosives were hurled from the vehicles, and one of the vehicles exploded.
Domestic security chief Meng Jianzhu vowed to "destroy the arrogance of violent terrorists", the statement said.
Public Security authorities have taken emergency measures, the statement added. Authorities have not published a number of casualties.
The blast comes at a time of heightened tension in the region. China has blamed a string of violent attacks in recent months on separatist militants from Xinjiang.
(Reporting By Megha Rajagopalan)
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