Incident Summary:

08/19/2010: On Thursday morning at 1030, on a bridge in Aksu City, Xinjiang, China, a three wheeled vehicle packed with explosives was driven into a crowd. Seven people were killed and 14 others were injured. Police detained the injured suspect, a member of Xinjiang's Uighur minority, at the site of the blast. The attack caused an unknown amount of property damage. No group claimed responsibility, but it was suspected that Uighur ethnic group was responsible.




East Asia

region/u.s. state:

Xinjiang Uyghur


Location Details:
The attack took place on a bridge in Aksu City, Xinjiang, China.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 14 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 14
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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Right Vision News, "Seven Killed in China Blast," LexisNexis Academic, Hindustan Times, August 21, 2010.
Age, "Seven Killed by Car Bomb; China," LexisNexis Academic, Age, August 20, 2010.