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Man dies after shooting

A MAN who police said was accidentally wounded during a protest against a property development in China's far northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region died yesterday afternoon, local authorities said.

According to the government of Urumqi, Xinjiang's capital, about 60 downtown residents gathered at a construction site around 9am yesterday, where they held a protest over a mixed-use 32-story building that they feared would block much of the sun from their apartment building just 10 meters away.

The project is being built by Guanghui Real Estate Ltd Co, which is the largest developer in Xinjiang.

Three police went to the scene to restore order, but about 40 workers on the site refused to leave and clashed with the officers.

Kudelet Kurban, a deputy head of a local police station, fired two warning shots to disperse the crowd. While he continued to try to handle the crowd, his gun went off accidentally, authorities said, and the shot hit Yao Yonghai, a supervisor with Guanghui company, in the neck. Yao died in hospital at 1:20pm.

Residents have protested several times over the project.


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