Thousands of Chinese troops flooded into Urumqi Wednesday in order to separate feuding ethnic groups after three days of violence which left 156 people dead.
Long convoys of armored cars and green troop trucks loaded with riot police rolled through the western Chinese city of over 2 million people. Other security forces carrying automatic rifles with bayonets formed cordons to defend Muslim neighborhoods from marauding groups of vigilantes with sticks.
Military helicopters also hovered over Xinjiang's regional capital, dropping pamphlets urging people to stay in their homes and stop fighting. Special police from other provinces were called in to patrol the city.