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Pictures emerge of deadly clashes in China's restive Xinjiang region

Most news pictures hit the wires very quickly, often within minutes of being taken, but some take longer to emerge.

We reported earlier this week on a violent incident that took place in China's restive western region of Xinjiang on Monday. 18 people were reported killed after a clash at a police station. Overnight, Reuters moved a series of pictures of the incident which had been released by local authorities. 

Xinjiang Public Security Bureau via Reuters

Armed policemen aiming their weapons near a burning office as they try to rescue hostages in a police station during a clash in Hotan, in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China on July 18. China on Wednesday raised the death toll to 18 from the clash at the police station in the restive far western region of Xinjiang, saying that 14 "rioters" died along with two policemen and two hostages in the worst violence there in a year.

Xinjiang Public Security Bureau via Reuters

Police trying to rescue hostages at a police station during a clash in Hotan on July 18.

Xinjiang Public Security Bureau via Reuters

Rescuers carrying an injured victim on a stretcher out of a police station after a clash in Hotan on July 18.

Read the full story from Wednesday: China raises death toll to 18 in Xinjiang violence.