Xinjiang separatists kill 29 in China rail attack

Knife-wielding attackers killed 29 people and wounded more than 130 in an unprecedented assault at a Chinese train station, state media reported, blaming separatists from Xinjiang. Victims described attackers dressed in black bursting into Kunming station in the southwestern province of Yunnan and slashing indiscriminately as people queued to buy tickets late Saturday, prompting shock and outrage. Police shot dead at least four attackers, had arrested one and were hunting for more, said the official Xinhua news agency, which in a commentary called the incident “China’s 9/11” and a “severe crime against the humanity”. The Kunming city government said the “terrorist” attack was orchestrated by separatists from the northwest region of Xinjiang, a vast and distant area home to the mostly-Muslim Uighur minority, Xinhua reported.

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