BEIJING, April 29 (UPI) -- An undetermined number of arrests had been made following a clash between police and terror suspects that killed 21 people last week, a Chinese official said.
The battle took place in northwest China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported Monday.
In announcing the arrests, Meng Hongwei, vice minister of public security, said police seized homemade explosives, weapons and flags of "East Turkistan" terrorists.
Police and attackers battled Tuesday in a town in Bachu County in Kashgar Prefecture, about 750 miles southwest of Urumqi, the regional capital.
Meng described the fight as a "serious violent terrorist criminal case."
About 15 community workers and police officers and six attackers were killed in the clash Eight suspected terrorists were captured.
Meng said the fight against terrorism in the region was "prolonged and complicated."