Incident Summary:

10/28/2013: Three assailants drove a vehicle through a crowd in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. At least five people, including the three drivers, were killed and 40 others were injured in the attack. The Turkestan Islamic Party claimed responsibility for the incident.




East Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Incident occurred in Tiananmen Square.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Tiananmen Square
Specific Description Square
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
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
A Mercedes sport-utility vehicle, knives, and 100 gallons of gasoline 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 Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Turkestan Islamic Party Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 40 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 40
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Report: Militant group says Tiananmen attack in China was 'jihadi operation',", November 25, 2013.
"China says Tiananmen attackers carried out reconnaissance trips," Reuters, November 2, 2013.
"AFP: China Names Islamic Group As 'Supporter' Of Tiananmen Attack," AFP (World Service), November 1, 2013.