The women and children were part of a group detained for 15 months after fleeing China.
The incident may have been prompted by restrictions during the Muslim holy month.
A local herdsman had alerted police to the ‘suspicious strangers.’
The five members were among hundreds captured while fleeing persecution in China.
Local party chief Yang Fasheng had vowed to make Kuchar a 'model stable county.'
The men are accused of religious extremism for sporting the Islamic symbol.
Chinese migrants can easily register, but Uyghurs face difficulties.
Residents say they have little recourse amid China’s clampdown in the region.
Ablikim Abdureyim had served nine years for ‘secessionist activities.’
Officers opened fire on and killed three relatives of a Uyghur arrested on suspicion of involvement in a terrorist plot.
Rebiya Kadeer says the drive is revenge on all Uyghurs for a suicide blast last year.
Local residents are roped into searching for four other suspects who fled.
Hundreds have been caught along the way and confined to refugee detention centers in Thailand.
Sources say the young attacker has been detained, but his motive was unclear.
One police official says the attackers were angry about restrictions placed on the wearing of veils and beards.
Orders from 'higher up' say all holders of individual passports must deposit them with the authorities pending background checks.
Authorities refuse to let Ilham Tohti receive gifts of money and clothing in prison.