Incident Summary:

05/22/2014: Five suicide bombers detonated two explosives-laden vehicles at a market in Urumqi city, Xinjiang region, China. In addition to five suicide bombers, 31 people were killed and 94 others were wounded in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Uighur separatists.




East Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Market
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
Two sports utility vehicles, Suicide bombers and thrown explosives were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Uighur Separatists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 36 Fatalities / 94 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 36
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 5
Total Number of Injured 94
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Security tight in China's Urumqi after market attack," Agence France Presse -- English, May 24, 2014.
"'Five suspects dead' in China attack," BBC, May 23, 2014.
"5 suicide bombers carried out blasts in Xinjiang," Hindustan Times, May 24, 2014.