墨玉县 • قاراقاش ناھىيىسى
Location of Karakash County (red) within Hotan Prefecture (yellow) and Xinjiang
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|• Total||25,667 km2 (9,910 sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (China Standard)|
|Alternative Chinese name|
Moyu County (Chinese: 墨玉县) as the official romanized name, also transliterated from Uyghur as Karakax County (Uyghur: قاراقاش ناھىيىسى; Chinese: 喀拉喀什县), is a county in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and is located in the southern edge of Tarim basin, it is under the administration of the Hotan Prefecture. It contains an area of 25,667 km2 (9,910 sq mi). According to the 2011 census it has a population of 577,000 and 98,1% are Uyghurs.
Karakax county is located northern edge of Karakurum mountains and southern part of Tarim basin, the Karakax river separates it from the Hotan county, its north is adjacent to Awat county of Aksu prefecture and its west, to Guma county. The length from south to north is 320 km (200 mi) and width from east to width is 51 km (32 mi).
Karakax county is subdivided into the following 16 towns (referred to by Uyghurs as bazar and yéza): 1. Karakax, 2. Kawak, 3. Yéngiyer, 4. Tüwet, 5. Purchaqchi, 6. Qochi, 7. Urchi, 8. Yawa, 9. Qarasaz, 10. Manglay, 11. Kuya, 12. Tuxula, 13. Zawa, 14. Saywagh, 15. Jahanbagh and 16. Aqsaray.
In December 2016, the Communist Party office in Karakax County was reportedly attacked by assailants using knives and improvised explosive devices, leading to the deaths of two government employees and three assailants.
Karakax county has daily bus and taxi to Hotan and other counties like Guma, and also has direct luxury buses to Ürümchi, which is the capital city of Xinjiang, Karakax is also served by China National Highway 315 and the Kashgar-Hotan Railway.
- Statistical Yearbook of Xinjiang in 2016 (in Chinese)
- Watt, Louise (December 29, 2016). "China: Police shoot dead 3 who killed 2 in Xinjiang attack". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
Three 'rioters' drove into Moyu County's Communist Party courtyard in a vehicle, attacked workers with knives and detonated an explosive device, Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the Ministry of Public Security. It said an official and security guard were killed. A ministry press officer, who would only identify herself by her surname, Wang, confirmed the information in the report.
- Hernández, Javier C. (December 29, 2016). "China Says 5 Killed in Attack at Communist Party Office in Xinjiang". The New York Times. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
The confrontation erupted shortly before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, according to Xinhua. Several people emerged from a car and began attacking government employees with knives before detonating a bomb, Xinhua reported. A party official and a security guard were killed, according to Xinhua, and three others were injured.
- Ng, Teddy (December 29, 2016). "Five dead in car bomb terror attack in China's western Xinjiang region, official media reports". South China Morning Post. Archived from the original on December 29, 2016.
A car carrying the attackers crashed into the yard of the office building of the local Communist Party committee in Karakax county at 4.50pm, and a home-made explosive device was ignited, according to the news portal of the Xinjiang government. Police shot and killed the three attackers, while an official and a security worker were also killed and three others were injured, Xinhua reported, quoting the Ministry of Public Security.
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