But no decision is made on the nationality of the 17, who are claimed by both Turkey and China.
The residents were involved in providing religious instruction or sending their children to attend classes.
Strong winds help spread the blaze, leaving seven dead and eight injured in Karamay, sources say.
A group of Uyghurs snatched him from his home two weeks ago.
They had reportedly hacked a paramilitary chief, two of his family members, and a security guard to death.
Two others are wounded after the attack targeting Han Chinese bystanders.
Conflicts between Uyghurs and Chinese stem from repression, not religious radicalism, local critics say.
The men had refused to submit to a search by police.
Right groups examine such figures to see if the Chinese judicial system discriminates against Uyghurs.
Rebiya Kadeer says Zhang Chunxian’s remarks are an attempt to cover up his own failed policies in the region.
Ethnic Uyghurs were three times as likely as Han Chinese to have been killed, the group says in a report.
Dead from Feb. 17 clash include four police and four bystanders hit by indiscriminate police gunfire
Police 'manhandled' farmer in incident in Xinjiang's Hotan prefecture
A decades-old project has failed more than half the area’s population.
Two Uyghur youth were shot dead and one captured after the fatal stabbing of three security officials.
Residents of Aksu prefecture say an 85-year-old imam jailed on charges of illegal religious teaching activities and murder is in poor health.
One detainee says the refugees had to resort to the measure because they had no other choice.
The two suspects allegedly attacked Chinese police when stopped as part of security checks.
An exile Uyghur group casts doubt on official media reports of attempted suicide bombers.
Many are suffering from physical and psychological illnesses, Uyghur filmmaker says.
The group is being held at a center in southwestern China.
Chinese state media says the group was illegally crossing into Vietnam.
He was unable to recover from an infection due to unhygienic conditions at a detention camp.
Fresh volunteers and police are being deployed to busy locations and mosques ahead of the holiday season.
Failure to respond to police summons could lead to a string of forfeitures under fresh crackdown in Hotan county.
He had been jailed for more than a year for ‘illegal fundraising.’
Muslims in Xinjiang will be prevented from wearing religious garb the authorities believe is associated with extremism.
Seven former students of jailed scholar Ilham Tohti receive sentences ranging from three to eight years.
Their homes were destroyed even though they bought them from a local urban planning head.
Ilham Tohti says the facts of the case remain unclear and vows to continue his appeal.