Incident Summary:

07/05/2009: On Sunday, Muslim Uighurs rampaged through the streets and attacked Han Chinese in Urumqi, the capital of China's north-west Xinjiang region. The protestors began attacking ethnic Han pedestrians, burning vehicles and attacking buses with batons and rocks. Sources report that protestors from the Uighur Muslim ethnicity took to the street carrying knives, wooden batons, bricks and stones. Updated reports maintain a death toll of 184, 137 of which were Han Chinese, 46 Uighur, and one of Hui ethnicity. The number of people injured in ethnic violence in China's Urumqi has risen to 1,650. Reports did not say whether any of the dead were killed by security forces.




East Asia

region/u.s. state:

Xinjiang Uyghur


Location Details:
The attack took place in the streets of Urumqi, Xinjiang uygur, China.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Han Chinese civilians
Nationality of Target China
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Melee Blunt Object
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Knives, wooden batons, bricks and stones were used in the attack. An unknown incendiary device was used in the attack.
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
Additional Information The most recent available sources listed the fatalities for this attack from 156 to 184, so the majority casualty figures have been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 184 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 184
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Yahoo News, “Armed Mobs Spread Ethnic Strife in China's West,” (July 14, 2009).
United Press International, “China Says Urumqi Toll may Rise,” LexisNexis Academic, United Press International, July 13, 2009.
RIA Novosti / Russian News & Information Agency, “Nearly 130 Killed in Riots in Chinese Autonomous Muslim Region,” LexisNexis Academic, RIA Novosti / Russian News & Information Agency, July 06, 2009.