April 2013 Bachu unrest

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April 2013 Bachu unrest
Location Selibuya, Bachu, Xinjiang, China
Date 24 April 2013 (2013-04-24)
Attack type
Knife attack, Fire attack
Deaths 21 in total
15 community workers and police officers [1]
Suspected perpetrators
First East Turkestan Republic East Turkestan Islamic Movement

On 24 April 2013, ethnic clashes occurred between social workers and police in Bachu (Marelbexi) County, Xinjiang, China. The violence left at least 21 people dead, including 15 police and officials.[1][2][3][4]

Background[edit]

Main article: Xinjiang conflict

The Muslim-majority region of Xinjiang has frequently had flare-ups of violence in the last decades. Advocates of an independent East Turkestan from the East Turkestan Independence Movement have been vocal in their demands for more rights for the indigenous people. In 1997, violence erupting as the Ghulja Incident. Later, there were the 2008 Uyghur unrest and July 2009 Ürümqi riots.

April 2013 violence[edit]

On 24 April 2013, deadly clashes broke out between policemen and ethnic Uyghur suspected terrorists, when according to state officials began when three local government officials reported a suspicious group of individuals armed with knives, outside a home in the Selibuya township located outside the city of Kashgar.[5] While the group was in process of reporting this to their superiors, they were apprehended by the armed men hiding inside the home, killing the three unarmed officials. Afterwards policemen and community cadres at the local police station were informed by the workers' earlier reports and went to handle the matter.[6]

According to Chinese state media, when the policemen arrived to investigate the situation some being unarmed, they were viciously attacked by the armed men, killing three police officers and three of the attackers. Then nine policemen cornered in the assailants house, which was set on fire, referred to as a "planned terrorists attack" against innocent victims. According to a report filed about incident, eleven of the deceased officials and policemen were ethnic Uyghurs, while the rest were Han. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesmen Hua Chunying, said initial police investigations showed it had been a "premeditated attack carried out by a violent terrorists [sic] organization". Following the clashes, eight ethnic Uyghur men were detained by authorities on cases of terrorism committed against the state.[citation needed]

As a result of the violence 21 people died, including policemen and social workers.[5]

Trial[edit]

Nineteen members of an unnamed "extremist" group were arrested. Its alleged leader, Musa Hesen, was sentenced to death, along with Rehman Hupur after a one-day trial in Kashgar on 12 August for murder, forming and leading a "terrorist" organisation and illegally manufacturing explosives. Three others were sentenced to prison sentences ranging from nine years to life.[7]

Aftermath[edit]

After two months, on 26 June, 27 people were killed in riots, 17 of them were killed in the violence, while the other 10 people were shot dead by police in the township of Lukqun.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "China's Xinjiang hit by deadly clashes". BBC News. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Violence in western Chinese region of Xinjiang kills 21". CNN. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "21 dead in Xinjiang terrorist clash". CNTV. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Violence erupts in China's restive Xinjiang". Al Jazeera. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Gun Battle in China's Xinjiang Kills 21 People". Voice of America. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "China hands death sentence to two over clash". Al Jazeera. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "State media: Violence leaves 27 dead in restive minority region in far western China". World Uyghur Congress. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Buckley, Chris (26 June 2013). "27 Die in Rioting in Western China". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Xinjiang Violence Leaves 27 Dead After Clash With Police". Bloomberg News. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Riots in China's Xinjiang province kill dozens". The Guardian. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Police kill 10 in Xinjiang, violence claims 27". The Standard. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  13. ^ Wade, Samuel (26 June 2013). "27 Dead in Xinjiang Violence (Updated)". China Digital Times. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Violence in China's Xinjiang 'kills 27'". BBC. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2014.