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Recalling pain from day of horror

By Cui Jia  (China Daily)

13:27, May 02, 2013

Ahmetjon Wubuli (right) and his colleague Halili Jilili (left) are the only survivors of the attack in which 15 people, including community workers and police officers, were killed. (Photo by Zhen Shixin / for China Daily)

Attack survivor wishes to forget, reports Cui Jia in Selibuya town, Kashgar, the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

Ahmetjon Wubuli doesn't want to remember how six of his colleagues were killed by a terrorist group, but the horrors keep coming back.

"They are like monsters that can eat you alive," said the 26-year-old police officer from the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

He paused and rephrased his sentence. "No. They are monsters."

Ahmetjon, from Selibuya township in Kashgar prefecture, spoke from his hospital bed, his head swathed in bandages. A knife wound caused him so much pain he could only talk in a soft, slow voice.

"I even recognized two of the attackers and I think they recognized me as well because we grew up together, but they didn't stop and just wanted to kill anyone who stood in their way. They have no emotions," he said.

Ahmetjon was lucky to tell the story.

Of the 17 people, including community workers and local police officers, who confronted the group of terrorists on April 23, only two survived.

Police found that the group, led by Kasmu Memet, was formed in September 2012. Members were given physical training and learned how to kill by watching footage of terrorist attacks. The group was planning to carry out a major attack in Kashgar city later this year.

On April 28, police in Xinjiang said 25 suspects carried out the deadly attack in Selibuya township. Six were shot dead at the scene and eight were arrested.

The rest of the group fled to Kashgar in Bayingolin Mongol autonomous prefecture and Urumqi, the regional capital, before they were arrested a few days later. Police discovered 20 explosive devices and a large amount of bomb-making equipment. They also found knives, combat training material, illegal extremist religious pamphlets and three jihadist flags.

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