Incident Summary:

02/28/2012: Assailants attacked civilians with knives and hatchets at a market outside Yeching town, Xinjiang province, China. Twenty-two people, including seven assailants, were killed, while 14 other people were injured in the assault. Uighur separatists claimed responsibility for the incident. The Uighur minority had previously complained about state discrimination and policies that put them at an economic disadvantage. Most of the victims were part of the Han majority.




East Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Yeching

Location Details:
Incident occurred on Xingfu St. outside of the city in Yeching County, in Kashgar Prefecture

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target China
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Knives and hatchets 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 leader of the assailants, Abudukeremu Mamuti, had in the previous year began preaching Muslim extremism while recruiting people to form a group.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Uighur Separatists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 22 Fatalities / 14 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 22
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 7
Total Number of Injured 14
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"China sentences Xinjiang attack ringleader to death," Agence France Presse -- English, March 27, 2012.
"Deadly Clashes Erupt in Western China," The New York Times, March 1, 2012.
"12 dead in Xinjiang clash; China says civilians targeted, Uighurs say violence aimed at police," Associated Press Newswires, February 29, 2012.