A court in Urumqi sentenced eight people to death on Monday for two deadly attacks in Xinjiang from earlier this year.
The court also sentenced five others to death with a two-year reprieve, although these penalties are typically reduced to life in prison. Another four people were jailed over the attacks in the city in April and May, according to CCTV News.
One person was killed and 79 more injured when two assailants influenced by “extreme religious thoughts” launched a knife attack on bystanders then “set off bombs tied on their bodies and died” at Urumqi’s main railway station on April 30.
The May 22 attack occurred at an open market in the Shayibake district, where the assailants crashed their vehicles through metal barriers and began striking shoppers while throwing explosives. A total of 39 people were killed and 94 more injured. The suspects were said to have been influenced by “religious extremism”.