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2 executed for terrorist attacks

TWO men were executed in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region yesterday for last August's terrorist attack on border police that left 17 dead and 15 injured.

The Intermediate People's Court in Keshen Prefecture announced 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 Keshen prior to the executions.

Abdurahman Azat, 34, and Kurbanjan Hemit, 29, both residents of the city of Keshen, were executed out of public view at an undisclosed location.

They were convicted of intentional homicide and illegally producing guns, ammunition and explosives, the Supreme People's Court said on December 17 last year.

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

The court heard that the men bought materials to make explosives, two guns and ammunition and decided to attack border police in Keshen.

Armed with the guns, explosives, knives and axes, they drove a heavy truck they had stolen to the site at around 6am and waited. Two hours later, Abdurahman Azat drove the truck toward a team of more than 70 police officers engaged in regular morning exercises, killing 15 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 used a knife to attack police who had been run over by the truck. He killed one officer and injured two others.

The men were arrested at the scene.


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