Incident Summary:

07/30/2011: On Saturday night around 0000 midnight, in the Silk Road City in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, two suspected armed Uighur militants ambushed a truck and killed its driver before driving the vehicle into a group of bystanders, where they attacked a group of people with knives, killing six more and injuring another 22. One of the assailants was killed by a resulting mob, and the other was detained and handed over to security forces. No group claimed responsibility for this attack, but Uighur militants are suspected.




East Asia

region/u.s. state:

Xinjiang Uyghur


Location Details:
The attack took place in Silk Road City in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
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 Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A vehicle was used in the attack. Knives were 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 available sources listed the injuries for this attack from 22 to 28, and because no majority figures were reported, the lowest proferred casualty figures were used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Uighur Separatists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 22 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 22
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Bangkok Post, "Knife Attack in China's Xinjiang Leaves Seven Dead," Bangkok Post, July 31, 2011,
Michael Wines, "Deadly Violence Strikes Chinese City Racked by Ethnic Tensions," New York Times, July 31, 2011, URL
Terril Yue Jones, "Police Kill Four after Blasts, Attacks in China's West," Reuters, July 31, 2011,