29 killed in bloody knife attack in Kunming
WITNESSES to chilling violence at a Chinese train station placed under heavy security recalled moments of fear and chaos after at least 29 people were killed in what the authorities called a terrorist attack by militants.
Officials said a group of knife-wielding "terrorists" from the restive Xinjiang region launched a premeditated attack at the Kunming Railway Station in China's south-west on Saturday night. More than 130 people were wounded.
Armed riot police stood guard as people streamed into the railway station yesterday, only hours after the attack, one of the worst of its kind in China in recent memory.
Standing near shops about 50m from the site, a parking attendant surnamed Chen said, spreading his arms wide: "I walked out and I saw a person with a knife this big. Then I saw five or six of them. They all had knives and they were stabbing people madly over by the first and second ticket offices."
Police shot four of the attackers dead and captured one, state news agency Xinhua reported. About five others were on the run, it said.
China's top security official was quickly dispatched and urged "forcible measures to crack down on violent terrorism activities", Xinhua said, as the public shared horror and anger at photos of bloodied bodies scattered across the floor.