Saturday, March 1, 2014

27 dead, 109 injured in southwestern China terrorist attack at train station, suspects shot dead (Videos)

A number of suspects were shot dead during a "premeditated, violent terrorist attack" at a train station in southwestern China in which at least 27 people died, state media said on Sunday. The official Xinhua news agency said the identities of those shot dead had yet to be confirmed. The attack happened late on Saturday in Kunming city. At least 27 people have been killed in a "violent attack" at a train station. Another 109 were injured, the report added.

An attack at a train station in southwestern China was carried out by militants from China's far western region of Xinjiang, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday.

"Evidence at the crime scene showed that the Kunming Railway Station terrorist attack was carried out byXinjiang separatist forces," Xinhua said, citing the government of Kunming city where the attack happened.
Dozens of people were killed and more than 100 hurt in a knife attack at a train station in southwestern China on Saturday, media reports said.

The official news agency Xinhua said 27 people were killed and 109 hurt in the attack at Kunming Railway Station in the capital of Yunnan Province.
Authorities spoke of an "organized, premeditated violent terrorist attack."
Police said a group of unidentified knife-wielding people carried out the attack.
A doctor with the Kunming No.1 People's Hospital told Xinhua the number of casualties was still unclear.
Local resident Yang Haifei said he was buying a ticket when he saw a group of people rush into the station, most of them dressed in black, and start attacking others.
"I saw a person come straight at me with a long knife and I ran away with everyone," he said, adding that people who were slower were severely injured.

Knife attacks are not uncommon in China. Former Hong Kong newspaper editor Kevin Lau was attacked with a knife on Hong Kong Island last month and required surgery.
A knife victim named Yang Haifei, who was wounded in the chest and back, told Xinhua that he had been buying a train ticket when the attackers approached and had tried to escape with the crowd.
"I saw a person come straight at me with a long knife and I ran away with everyone," he said, while others "simply fell on the ground".

Some who had escaped were desperately looking for missing loved ones.
"I can't find my husband, and his phone went unanswered," Yang Ziqing was quoted by Xinhua as saying.
She said she had been waiting for her train to Shanghai "when a knife-wielding man suddenly came at them".
Officers sealed off a wide area around the station, it added, while Xinhua said police were questioning people at the site.

The attackers were dressed in similar black clothing, the official China News Service said, citing eyewitnesses.
"A group of men carrying weapons burst into the train station plaza and the ticket hall, stabbing whoever they saw," it said.
State broadcaster CCTV called the incident a "terrorist attack" on its Weibo account.

China's top security official Meng Jianzhu would travel to Kunming to oversee its handling, CCTV said, while President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang sent condolences to the victims and their families.
Photos posted on Sina Weibo showed blood spattered across the station floor and medical staff crouching over bodies lying on the ground, although the authenticity of the images could not be verified.
The photos showed crowds gathered outside among police officers and ambulances.
The injured had been delivered to hospitals around the city, local television station K6 said.

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