Incident Summary:

08/04/2008: On Monday, in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, two assailants drove a truck into a group of policemen jogging near the barracks. When the truck crashed, the assailants attacked the police with explosives described inconsistently as grenades or homemade bombs. Sixteen police officers were killed and 16 others were injured. One of the assailants was also injured. The assailants were identified as taxi driver Kurbanjan Hemit, 28, and vegetable vendor Abdurahman Azat, 33. The Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement claimed responsibility for the attack. Sources also attributed the incident to the Turkestan Islamic Party.




East Asia

region/u.s. state:

Xinjiang Uyghur


Location Details:
Near the entrance to the Yijin Hotel.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Border Police
Specific Description Police officers
Nationality of Target China
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Grenade
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
The assailants used a truck as a contact weapon, as well as grenades. Authorities recovered nine bombs, a homemade gun, two long knives, and two daggers at the scene.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Turkestan Islamic Party No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 16 Fatalities / 17 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 16
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 17
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
The Guardian, "Militants Planned 'Year of Mourning' in China, Says Authorities," The Guardian, August 5th, 2008.
Hong Kong Wen Wei Po, "PRC Experts Link Terror Attacks in China to International Backgrounds," Hong Kong Wen Wei Po, August 5th, 2008.
Agence France Presse, "China Border Attack Kills 16 Police," AFP, August 4th, 2008.