China blames separatists for deadly knife attack at station

Knife-wielding "terrorists" have killed at least 33 and wounded over 100 people at a railway station in Kunming, China. The government has blamed separatists from Xinjiang for the deadly attack.

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Three held over station knife attack in China

Policemen check unclaimed luggage at a square outside the Kunming railway station after a knife attack. Credit: Reuters

A further three people suspected of involvement in a knife attack that killed 29 people at a Chinese railway station have been captured, authorities said.

The official Xinhua News Agency said a "terrorist gang" of eight members was responsible for the attack on Saturday evening in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province.

Citing a statement from the Ministry of Public Security, Xinhua said police shot and killed four of the attackers and captured an injured female suspect at the scene.

Authorities have said the attack, which also wounded 143 people, was carried out by separatists from the far west region of Xinjiang.

33 dead after knife-men 'stabbed people madly' in China

A total of 33 people have been killed following a mass knife attack at a Chinese train station.

Militants have been blamed for the attack in the western region of Xinjiang in which witnesses described knife-wielding men "stabbing people madly".

Police officers patrol the streets of Xinjiang following the deadly knife attack. Credit: Reuters

A parking attendant, who was standing nearby, said he could not believe what was happening when he saw the attackers.

"I walked out and I saw a person with a knife this big," he said, spreading his arms wide.

"Then I saw five or six of them. They all had knives and they were stabbing people madly over by the first and second ticket offices," he said.


Police 'shoot dead four, arrest one' after China attack

Police shot dead four attackers and arrested one after knife-wielding "terrorists" launched an attack at a crowded train station in Kunming, China's Yunnan province.

State news agency Xinhua reported that about five others were on the run, after one of the worst attacks of its kind in China in recent memory.

"This brutal attack on defenceless, innocent people by violent terrorists devoid of conscience exposes their inhuman and anti-social nature," Xinhua quoted security chief Meng Jianzhu as saying.

"They inevitably will face the severe punishment of the law. We must mobilize all resources and adopt all means to break this case," Meng said, echoing comments made by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

UN chief condemns China attack 'in the strongest terms'

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned "in the strongest terms" the attack on civilians at the railway station in Kunming, expressing his hope that "those responsible will be brought to justice", according to a statement issued by his spokesman.

The secretary-general notes that there is no justification for the killing of innocent civilians and hopes that those responsible will be brought to justice.

The UN chief also expresses his condolences to the bereaved families and wishes those wounded a speedy recovery.

– UN Spokesman

Xi Jinping calls for attackers to be 'punished lawfully'

President Xi Jinping Credit: PA

China's President Xi Jinping has called for "all-out efforts" after at least 33 people were killed in an attack in Kunming railway station, in China's Yunnan Province.

According to the South China Morning Post, the President called for the attackers to be punished "in accordance with the law".

"Understand the serious and complex nation of combating terrorism. Go all out to maintain social stability," the news agency quoted President Xi as saying.


Knife-wielding attackers 'shot by police'

The attackers were shot by police, local TV station K6 said. Credit: Reuters

An attack by a group of knife-wielding men at a train station in Kunming, China, has left 27 people dead and 109 injured, state news agency Xinhua reports.

Local television station K6 said that several of the attackers were shot by police.

Social media users in China have been posting graphic pictures of bodies lying in pools of blood around the station.

Police have surrounded the scene at Kunming railway station, China. Credit: Reuters

There is no indication of what motivated the attack, so far, but the state news agency said it was an act of "violent terrorism."

Knife attack deaths blamed on 'terrorism'

Chinese state television said the violent knife attack in a train station in Kunming, China, was the result of "violent terror attack."

Pictures being shared on social media show bodies covered in blood lying around the ground at the station.

There has been no immediate word on who is responsible. State television said Communist Party Officials were on their way to the scene.

'Knife wielding men attack civilians' at Kunming station

A group of unidentified men armed with knives attacked people in a train station in Kunming, China, Xinhua News reports.

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