Two executed for terrorist attack on border police in China's Xinjiang 2009-04-09 14:00:00   Print

    KASHI, Xinjiang, April 9 (Xinhua) -- Two men were executed in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Thursday for last August's terrorist attack on border police that left 17 dead and 15 injured.

    The Intermediate People's Court of Kashi Prefecture publicized the death penalties, approved by the Supreme People's Court, before an audience of about 4,000 local officials and residents at a stadium in Kashi City prior to the executions.

    Abdurahman Azat, 34, and Kurbanjan Hemit, 29, both locals of Kashi, were executed out of public sight elsewhere, but the details are unknown.

    They had been convicted of intentional homicide and illegally producing guns, ammunition and explosives, according to the verdicts announced by the Supreme People's Court on Dec. 17 last year.

    The Kashi court found the two carried out the terrorist attack on Aug. 4 to "sabotage" the Beijing Olympic Games that began Aug. 8.

    The court heard they bought materials to make explosives, two guns and ammunition in February and March, and chose to attack border police in the town of Kashi, also known as Kaxgar or Kashgar, near China's border with Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Armed with guns, explosives, knives and axes, they drove a heavy truck that they had stolen to the site at around 6 a.m. and waited. Two hours later, Abdurahman Azat drove the truck toward a team of more than 70 police on a regular morning exercise, killing15 and injuring 13. When the truck overturned, he detonated the explosives to kill another person.

    At the same time, Kurbanjan Hemit threw explosives at the gate of the police station and wielded a knife at the police who had been run over by the truck. He killed one policeman and injured two others.

    The two were arrested at the scene.

Editor: Deng Shasha
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