The militants were killed in a 56-day operation by police in the province, publicity department of Xinjiang said in a statement.
    
The hunt for the terrorists followed attack by 'group of armed mobsters' on a coal mine in Baicheng county of Aksu prefecture on September 18 in which 11 civilians, three policemen and two para-police members were killed and 18 others injured, the statement said.
    
After the attacks on the mine the militants escaped into the mountains, a state-run news agency reported.
    
After the attack, police began a daily manhunt that involved more than 10,000 citizens and police searching an area of 1,300 square kms, the report said.
    
The terrorist group was directly guided by an overseas extremists group and led by two local Xinjiang men named Musa Tohniyaz and Mamat Aysa, the statement said, adding the name of the organisation cannot be disclosed as investigations are still underway.

 

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