Police investigate after a group of armed men attacked
people at Kunming railway station, Yunnan province.
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, and police shot dead
five of the assailants, state media said.
Another 113 people were wounded, the official Xinhua news
agency said, revising down an earlier higher figure. It said
the attack had taken place late on Saturday evening.
"It was an organised, premeditated violent terrorist attack,"
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
at the station.
There was no immediate word on who was responsible.
Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered no effort be spared to
track down those behind the attack.
"Severely punish in accordance with the law the violent
terrorists and resolutely crack down on those who have been
swollen with arrogance," Xinhua quoted him as saying.
"Understand the serious and complex nation of combating
terrorism," Xi said. "Go all out to maintain social
Domestic security chief Meng Jianzhu was on his way to the
scene, Xinhua said.
Weibo users took to the service to describe details of what
happened, though many of those posts were quickly deleted by
government censors, especially those that described the
attackers, two of whom were identified by some as women.
Others condemned the attack.
"No matter who, for whatever reason, or of what race, chose
somewhere so crowded as a train station, and made innocent
people their target - they are evil and they should go to
hell," wrote one user.
The attack comes at a 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.
China has blamed similar incidents in the past on Islamist
militants operating in the restive far western region of
Xinjiang, though such attacks have generally been limited to
China says its first major suicide attack, in Beijing's
Tiananmen Square in October, involved militants from
Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur people, many of whom
chafe at Chinese restrictions on their culture and religion.
Hu Xijin, editor of the influential Global Times newspaper,
published by the ruling Communist Party's official People's
Daily, wrote on his Weibo feed that the government should say
who it suspected of the attack as soon as possible.
"If it was Xinjiang separatists, it needs to be announced
promptly, as hearsay should not be allowed to fill the
vacuum," Hu wrote.