27 dead, 143 hurt in China rail station knife attack

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People light candles in front of wreaths outside Kunming railway station.

 

Beijing:  A group of knife-wielding terrorists attacked a train station in southwestern China, leaving at least 27 people dead and another 143 injured. It has been termed as one of the deadliest attacks in China in recent years.

Eight members of a terrorist gang, dressed in black, carried out the stabbing spree on last Saturday night. Their leader has been named as Abdurehim Kurban.

Separatists from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region staged the act of terror, the Kunming government said.

Four attackers are under arrest, and four were fatally shot by police at the scene Saturday.

With 20 of the 143 injured still in a critical condition, Kunming residents have queued to donate blood for the victims. More than 2,000 locals donated 560,000 milliliters of blood.

The “East Turkestan” forces, among which the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) is a major group, are one of the major and direct reasons for increasing terrorist attacks in China, particularly in Xinjiang, officials said.