Beijing: At least 2,000 Uyghur Muslims, members of Chinese ethnic minority, may have died as a result of attacks by the security forces in Yarkand in Xinjiang autonomous region of China following riots, claims an exiled Uyghurs leader Rebiya Kadeer.

According to Radio Free Asia, Kadeer said that the riots started after a group of Uyghurs marched to the government offices and police station to protest against the killing of innocent villagers.

Kadeer also said that the police had shot down almost all the protesters.

President of Institute for Gilgit Baltistan Studies, Senge Hasnan Sering, said in a Facebook post that a mass slaughter of Uyghur Muslims in China’s Yarkand region had been taking place.

Sering, born in Pakistan occupied Gilgit Baltistan, said that various estimates put the death toll as high as 2,000.

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