Beijing, Aug.6 : The killing of 16 Chinese police personnel in Kashgar City recently, it seems, was carefully planned.
According to a Xinhua report, those involved in Monday's audacious attack in a restive Muslim territory, have confessed that they had planned it for more than a month.
The plans included the use of a stolen truck and watching the movement of the police in the area. The truck was used to run down jogging policemen, the state-run news agency said.
On the day of the attack, one of the assailants staked out the police station and used a mobile phone to inform his truck-driving partner when the 70 policemen had begun their morning jog along a major road.
The attackers were Abdurahman Azat, a 33-year-old vegetable peddler, and Kurbanjan Hemit, a 28-year-old taxi driver, both of Kashgar, Xinhua quoted the city's Communist Party secretary, Shi Dagang, as saying.
Before the attack, the assailants wrote a letter saying they had to wage "holy war," and that their mission was more important than their lives and mothers, Xinhua quoted Shi as saying.