Associated Press Releases Photos of August 4th Kashgar Attack

As usual, after the numerous attacks that occured in the weeks leading up to the Olympics, it was noted by many that government provided no solid proof of the attacks, resulting in speculation that some or all of the stories coming out of Xinjiang could have been exagerrated of fabricated to play up the terrorist threat and to justify the subsequent crackdown.

Interestingly, buried in the swelling posts on the anticipated post-Olympic crackdown was an AP article covering the same topic yet incredibly also included quite graphic pictures allegedly depicting the aftermath of the attack. While at this day and age a picture can no longer immediately count as evidence, these pictures are quite convincing. I’ll let them speak for themselves:

Picture of the aftermath of the Kashgar attack.

Picture of the aftermath of the Kashgar attack.

Picture of the aftermath of the Kashgar attack.

And there you have it. As can be seen in the second picture, this location is indeed in front of the Yiquan Hotel (see movie in this post), the place where the attack is said to have occurred, and the utter carnage is quite plain. In the second picture we apparently can see the dump truck used during the attack, burrowed into the entrance of the hotel which is now famously tarped over. Where these pictures came from (I’m guessing crime scene photographer or passerby with cellphone), how they became public (leaked), and why AP journalist William Foreman decided to tack them onto an article on a less relevant topic rather than making his own sensational article all about it, these are the questions of the moment.

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Comments 9

  1. 克莱夫 wrote:

    Cannot see any pools of blood or marks on the corpses. Maybe the photos don’t have enough detail

    Posted 22 Aug 2008 at 12:07 am
  2. MAC wrote:

    No, look at the corpse on the right in the first photo, there’s a blood trail from his former face. It looks like he slid or was dragged by the truck.

    Posted 22 Aug 2008 at 1:21 am
  3. dedlam wrote:

    I think the reason why it wasn’t it’s own story is because it’s 3 week old news.

    Posted 25 Aug 2008 at 4:51 pm
  4. Porfiriy wrote:

    Well, the news that there is photographic evidence wasn’t three weeks old, and the existence of photos was a newsworthy story in and of itself due to the controversy over the government not releasing any evidence of the attack (now there is evidence, albeit not released by the government). And point in case: it did become its own story, on the New York Times no less.

    Posted 25 Aug 2008 at 9:33 pm
  5. Uyghur wrote:

    Here is an article showing the current thinking of the PRC policy makers in Xinjiang:

    Unfortunately, the article is in Uyghur. But I think one of you should be able to read it. I’ll try to find the original Chinese version.

    Posted 28 Aug 2008 at 1:24 am
  6. Bai_xin wrote:


    Posted 29 Sep 2008 at 12:51 pm
  7. u_aku wrote:

    This is not surprising considering how CCP fabricates complete lies to justify their own brutal crackdown on so called “terrorists” ethnic minorities. The massive Lhasa protest in March is considered to be orchestrated by CCP officials.

    Posted 30 Sep 2008 at 1:41 am
  8. observer wrote:

    First and third photo shows a cap on the floor that has a distinctive female style to it.
    I think some of the Police Officers were women.

    Posted 30 Sep 2008 at 1:43 am
  9. Wlodzislaw Duch wrote:

    I was also an eyewitness together with my wife and 4 friends, staying in the same hotel; I’ve talked with AFP reporter next morning and have been quoted widely in the news after this event. I have two photos made of the scene. Although the whole event was very confusing – terrorists have been running around in police uniforms at high speed, cutting policemen using matchets – official reports have been fairly accurate, with 16 people dead and several critically wounded.

    Wlodzislaw Duch

    Posted 21 Apr 2009 at 5:07 pm

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