Militant sentenced to death in China

The Kashgar Intermediate People`s Court convicted Abdulkiram Mamut of homicide and organising terrorist activities.

Updated: Mar 27, 2012, 21:48 PM IST

Beijing: A Chinese court has sentenced to
death a militant involved in a major terrorist attack that
killed 15 people and left 14 others injured in China`s
northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

The Kashgar Intermediate People`s Court yesterday
convicted Abdulkiram Mamut of homicide and organising
terrorist activities, the official media reported on Tuesday.

Mamut, a Uighur man, was found promoting religious
extremism and leading an eight-member terrorist group from
July 2011 to February 2012.

On February 28, 2012, Mamut gathered eight members in his
house and handed knives and axes to them for a terrorist
attack, state-run Shanghai Daily reported.

Mamut and his gang attacked the innocent passers-by on a
pedestrian street in the town of Yecheng.

Their killing spree left 13 people dead at the scene,
two more died in the hospital, and another 14 injured in the
barbaric act.

Mamut was arrested from the spot, whereas seven of his
team members were shot dead and another died in a hospital.

During their rampage, one police assistant was killed and
four policemen were injured.

The court said Mamut committed an extremely brutal crime
against innocent people and the attack had grave consequences.

In July 2009, Uighurs rioted against Han Chinese in
Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. Nearly 200 people were killed
in the riots, most of them Han. China has accused Uighur
militant groups of running an anti-government campaign against
Chinese rule in the oil-rich region.