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Battle of Yarkand

The Battle of Yarkhand was a confrontation that took place in April 1934 at Yarkand, Xinjiang, China. Gen. Ma Zhancang's Chinese Muslim army defeated Uighur and Afghan volunteers sent by King Mohammed Zahir Shah, and killed them all. The emir Abdullah Bughra was killed and beheaded, his head being put on display at Idgah mosque.[1][2]

Battle of Yarkand
Part of the Kumul Rebellion
DateApril 1934
Result Chinese Muslim 36th Division victory

Republic of China (1912–1949) Republic of China

First East Turkestan Republic First East Turkestan Republic
Commanders and leaders
Republic of China (1912–1949) Ma Zhancang
Republic of China (1912–1949) Ma Fuyuan
First East Turkestan Republic Abdullah Bughra  
Several hundred Chinese Muslim troops Several hundred Turkic Muslim Uighur, Kirghiz and Afghan volunteers
Casualties and losses
light heavy


  1. ^ Andrew D. W. Forbes (1986). Warlords and Muslims in Chinese Central Asia: A Political History of Republican Sinkiang 1911-1949. Cambridge, England: CUP Archive. pp. 123, 134, 303 of 376. ISBN 0-521-25514-7. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  2. ^ Christian Tyler (2004). Wild West China: The Taming of Xinjiang. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. p. 280; 314. ISBN 0-8135-3533-6. Retrieved 2010-06-28.