China has sentenced two Muslim men to death for being involved in deadly ethnic clashes in the country’s troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang.
According to Xinhua news Agency, the court has sentenced Musa Hesen and Rehman Hupur to death.
Hesen has been accused of playing a leading role in the deadly violence earlier this year, murder, forming and leading a terrorist organization, and manufacturing explosives.
The Chinese court handling the case also jailed three other men for being involved in ethnic clashes that claimed the lives of 21 people back in April in Kashgar.
The three have also been handed down sentences ranging from nine years to life in prison.
A total of 15 officials and security officers and six locals were killed in April.
The sentences comes days after claims of deadly clashes in the city of Aksu.
In June, some 35 people, including nine police officers, were killed in the violence in the region.
The Turkic-speaking Xinjiang is home to a large population of Muslim Uighur, who complain of marginalization and discrimination.
The autonomous region has been the scene of numerous violent incidents in recent years. Ethnic clashes between Uighur and Han Chinese communities in 2009 in Urumqi has left nearly 200 people dead.
In 2009, 140 people were killed and 800 injured in ethnic violence in the volatile region following a protest against the government’s handling of a deadly clashes between China’s dominant Han group and Uighur factory workers.