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28 Dead as Terrorist Attack Chinese Train Station

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At least 28 people were killed by knife-
wielding attackers in a “violent terrorist attack” at a train station
in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming, and police shot dead
five of the assailants, state media said on Sunday.
Another 113 people were wounded, the official Xinhua news agency
said, revising down an earlier higher figure. It said the attack had
taken place late on Saturday evening.
“It was an organized, premeditated violent terrorist attack,”
Xinhua said.
Police shot dead five of the unidentified attackers and were
searching for around five others, it said.
Kunming resident Yang Haifei told Xinhua that he was buying a
ticket when he saw a group of people, mostly wearing black, rush
into the station and start attacking bystanders.
“I saw a person come straight at me with a long knife and I ran
away with everyone,” he said, adding that the attackers caught
those who were slower. “They just fell on the ground.”
Graphic pictures on the Twitter-like microblogging service Sina
Weibo showed bodies covered in blood lying on the ground at the
station.
There was no immediate word on who was responsible.
Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered no effort be spared to track
down those behind the attack.
“Severely punish in accordance with the law the violent terrorists
and resolutely crack down on those who have been swollen with
arrogance,” Xinhua quoted him as saying.
“Understand the serious and complex nation of combating
terrorism,” Xi said. “Go all out to maintain social stability.”
Domestic security chief Meng Jianzhu was on his way to the
scene, Xinhua said.
Weibo users took to the service to describe details of what
happened, though many of those posts were quickly deleted by
government censors, especially those that described the attackers,
two of whom were identified by some as women.
Others condemned the attack.
“No matter who, for whatever reason, or of what race, chose
somewhere so crowded as a train station, and made innocent people
their target – they are evil and they should go to hell,” wrote one
user.
The attack comes at a sensitive time as China gears up for the
annual meeting of parliament, which opens in Beijing on
Wednesday and is normally accompanied by a tightening of security
across the country.
China has blamed similar incidents in the past on Islamist militants
operating in the restive far western region of Xinjiang, though such
attacks have generally been limited to Xinjiang itself.
China says its first major suicide attack, in Beijing’s Tiananmen
Square in October, involved militants from Xinjiang, home to the
Muslim Uighur people, many of whom chafe at Chinese
restrictions on their culture and religion.
Hu Xijin, editor of the influential Global Times newspaper,
published by the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily,
wrote on his Weibo feed that the government should say who it
suspected of the attack as soon as possible.
“If it was Xinjiang separatists, it needs to be announced promptly,
as hearsay should not be allowed to fill the vacuum,” Hu wrote.

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