28 die in ‘terror’ attack in China

March 02, 2014 - 2:29:49 am

Chinese police investigators inspect the scene of an attack outside the railway station in Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan province, yesterday.

BEIJING: 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 yesterday, and police shot dead five of the assailants. Another 113 people were wounded, the Xinhua news agency said, revising down an earlier higher figure. 

“It was an organised, 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. There was no immediate word on who was responsible. 

The attack comes at a particularly 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. Agencies

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