Beijing : An imam of China’s largest mosque was killed in a city in the country’s Xinjiang region that has witnessed simmering violence over the past one year, often attributed to its ethnic population. Jume Tahir, 74, was reportedly stabbed after he led early morning prayers at the Id Kah mosque in the county-level city of Kashgar in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region Wednesday, BBC reported on Thursday, according to IANS. Tahir, who was from Xinjiang’s mainly Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority, was a supporter of Chinese policies in the region. Shortly after his death, police sealed off roads in and out of Kashgar.

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