Thirty Three Die in Knife Attacks in China : Ethnic Separatists Suspected
The Voice of Russia reports that a dozen of knife-wielding assailants slashed scores of people at a train station in southern China, wounding 143 people. Twenty-nine slash victims and four attackers were killed. The local media has blamed the attack on ethnic separatists from the far west.
Police fatally shot four of the assailants, captured one and were searching for the others following the attack late Saturday at the Kunming train station in Yunnan province, the official Xinhua News Agency said. State broadcaster CCTV said two of the attackers were women – one of the slain and the one who was captured and later brought to a hospital for treatment.
Witnesses described assailants dressed in black storming the train station and slashing people indiscriminately with large knives and machetes.
The attack was the deadliest violence attributed to Uighur-Han conflicts since riots in the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi in 2009, in which Uighurs stormed the streets of the city, targeting Han people in seemingly random violence that included killing women and children. A few days later Han vigilante mobs armed with sticks and bats attacked Uighurs in the same city. Nearly 200 people died.