Interrogations Underway, Suspects Named

This article is part of a series of articles covering emerging details and reactions to the recent terrorist attack in Kashgar.

Information released in English continues to stay one pace ahead of information released in Chinese as Xinhua’s English language website releases more details on the attack, including the suspects’ names as well as what appear to be results from initial questioning of the subjects. The 33 year-old vegetable seller is Abdurahman Azat and the 28 year-old taxi driver is Kurbanjan Hemit. According to Liu Yaohua, head of Xinjiang’s Public Security Department, the two suspects have confessed, have admitted to observing the jogging routes of the soldiers for over a month, and even quite conveniently had prepared documents beforehand declaring with jihadist gusto the conviction that “the attack was more important than their lives or those of their mothers, so they had to wage ‘holy war.’”

Furthermore, the truck they had used for the attack was stolen and was parked in front of the police station the night before the attack. One of the suspects apparently played the lookout and informed the other, in the truck, of the emergence of the police joggers. On receiving this information the truck driver attacked and the man on the ground joined him.

On one hand, Shi Dagang, the communist party secretary, asserts his belief that “For these two people, it is very clear that they are part of violent terrorist forces, and they have carried out a terrorist attack.” According to Liu, however, “No sufficient evidence has been found to say for sure that ETIM was behind Monday’s deadly attack.” This is key. Whether or not the authorities conclude the suspects acted alone or are part of a vast network is the foundation for sweeping “security actions” across Xinjiang. If the authorities conclude there are other threats out there, the Public Security Department will obviously react accordingly. Already, buses in cities throughout Xinjiang bear an additional employee who checks the bags of all who board. Stricter measures will very likely be implemented in the near future.

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Comments 3

  1. JiaYou_RenQuan wrote:

    Thanx for the up-date. Many outside of China are suspecting they worked alone, or as a small independent cell. But, I eagerly await the investigation outcome.

    Posted 07 Aug 2008 at 8:15 am
  2. Uyghur wrote:

    Another Olympic threat video from the Turkistan Islamic Party:

    Would it be possible to translate, or at least inform us the main point of the talk? Thanks.

    Posted 08 Aug 2008 at 5:52 am
  3. Weeger wrote:

    How will we be able to really tell what happened, from the Chinese investigation?

    Posted 08 Aug 2008 at 8:48 am

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